Center for Multicultural Education

MLK Week

Martin Luther King was an important civil rights activist. He was a leader in the movement to end racial segregation in the United States. His most famous address was the “I Have A Dream” speech. He was an advocate of non-violent protest and became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He was assassinated in 1968.

In 1968, shortly after Martin Luther King died, a campaign was started for his birthday to become a holiday to honor him. After the first bill was introduced, trade unions lead the campaign for the federal holiday. It was endorsed in 1976. Following support from the musician Stevie Wonder with his single “Happy Birthday” and a petition with six million signatures, the bill became law in 1983. Martin Luther King Day was first observed in 1986, although it was not observed in all states until the year 2000. In 1990, the Wyoming legislature designated Martin Luther King Jr/Wyoming Equality Day as a legal holiday.

Missouri Western celebrates MLK’s Legacy by planning a week of events which include community service, a Drum Major for Justice Award Banquet, a movie night and a vigil.

We are now taking nominations for the 2016 Drum Major for Justice Award Recipients! Please fill out the application below to nominate someone you think deserves this award.

2016 Drum Major for Justice Award Application

  • MLK Drum Major award is for citizens who live ordinary lives but do extraordinary acts of service with reliability and commitment, but who seldom receive recognition. We are honored to present this award to members of Missouri Western State University and St. Joseph communities who are committed to social justice & multicultural education service. We will be awarding one student, a member of the St. Joseph community and one Missouri Western employee as recipients of the MLK Drum Major for Justice Award. Please answer the questions appropriately and as detailed as possible. The deadline for your application to be considered is January 13th, 2016.
  • Complete this portion answering the questions in a few sentences while providing a detailed answer regarding the nominee.