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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Join us for the 23rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration

Monday, Jan. 15, 2018
4 to 6 p.m.
UW Oshkosh Alumni Welcome and Conference Center
625 Pearl Ave.

The event is free and open to the public. Register online by Friday, Jan. 5, 2018.

Join us for a celebration that supports Martin Luther King Jr.’s creed of equality, community service, and leadership. This event is free and open to the public, and hors-d'oeuvres will be available prior to the start of the program. 

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The keynote speaker is Darnell L. Moore, Editor-at-Large at CASSIUS (an iOne digital platform) and formerly a senior editor and correspondent at Mic. He is the co-managing editor at The Feminist Wire and writer-in-residence at the Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice at Columbia University.  Along with NFL player Wade Davis II, he co-founded YOU Belong, a social good company focused on the development of diversity initiatives.
Darnell received an M.A. in Clinical Counseling from Eastern University in St. Davids, PA and an M.A. in Theological Studies from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ. Darnell’s advocacy centers on marginal identity, youth development, and other social justice issues in the U.S. and abroad. He is the host of Mic's digital series, The Movement, which was nominated for a Breakthrough Series: Short Form Award at the 2016 IFP Gotham Awards. He has led and participated in several critical dialogues including the 58th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women; the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington National Panel on Race, Discrimination and Poverty, the 2012 Seminar on Debates on Religion and Sexuality at Harvard Divinity School, and as a member of the first U.S. delegation of LGBTQ leaders to Palestine in 2012.

Darnell received the 2012 Humanitarian Award from the American Conference on Diversity for his advocacy in the City of Newark, where he served as Chair of the LGBTQ Concerns Advisory Commission. He is the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Academic Leadership Award from Rutgers University LGBTQ and Diversity Resource Center for his contributions to developing the Queer Newark Oral History Project. He received the 2013 Angel Award from Gay Men of African Descent and the 2014 Gentleman of the Year Award from the Gentlemen’s Foundation. He was listed as a one of Planned Parenthood’s Top 99 Dream Keepers in 2015, was featured in USA Today’s #InTheirOwnWords multimedia feature on contemporary civil rights activists, was named among EBONY Magazines's 2015 Power 100, Time Out New York's Eight LGBT Influencers, Be Modern Man 100, and The Root 100 2016.

The MLK Community Celebration at UW Oshkosh will feature a special performance by Alina Xiong, President of the Hmong Student Union and the Asian Student Association. This celebration event also features an awards ceremony, as UW Oshkosh celebrates the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by honoring community members who demonstrate the same kind of service, leadership, citizenship, and volunteerism that characterized the life of King. The MLK event also will feature a 2017 Black Heritage Stamp tribute and the naming of the Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest winners.


Online registration is required for this event. Click here to register online before Jan. 5, 2018.

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