Western Oregon University honors the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Image of Western students participating in day of service for MLK Jr. Day

MONMOUTH, Ore. – In honor of the enduring legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Western Oregon University is excited to share the opportunities happening this month to commemorate his life and service. 

“As we commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we honor a visionary whose courage and advocacy continue to inspire us. This is a day to reflect on Dr. King’s message of equality, justice, and unity. As a university, we are dedicated to enhancing and upholding these values,” shared President Peters. “There is power in diversity, and seeking equity, inclusion, and accessibility moves us all towards creating a better society and a better community.”

Western is joining the City of Monmouth in a day of service helping the community through engagement and civic work. Volunteers are invited to participate in an impactful day of service initiatives, focusing on yard work and cleanup activities. Western will also be showing the film, “Selma”, a chronicle of King’s campaign securing voting rights through the march from Selma to Montgomery, in 1965. 

Additionally, every year Western coordinates a fundraiser during January in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s fundraiser proceeds will go to Western’s Black Student Union (BSU).

Day of service:

Date and time: Monday, Jan. 15 at 9 a.m.

Location: Senior Community Center, 180 Warren St. S Monmouth, OR

Showing of “Selma”:

Date and time: Thursday, Jan. 18 at 5 p.m.

Location: Willamette Room, Werner University Center, Western Oregon University 

Throughout this month, consider joining Western and the community by participating in the opportunities available to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

To participate in the day of service.

To contribute to the BSU fundraiser. 


About Western Oregon UniversityWestern Oregon University, established in Monmouth in 1856, proudly stands as Oregon’s oldest public university. Hosting around 4,000 students, Western embodies a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution, with approximately 80% of its students hailing from within the state. Notably, its diverse student body comprises individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, veterans, and non-traditional learners. Western stands as the preferred campus in Oregon for those pursuing an enriching education within a nurturing, student-focused environment, characterized by faculty-led instruction. Together we succeed.

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