PROGRAMS & TRAININGS
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 led 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.
Multicultural Graduate Ceremony
In the Fall & Spring of each academic year the Center for Multicultural Education hosts a Multicultural Graduation Ceremony for all of our Students of Color who are graduating. This is a time to recognize our Students of Color for their accomplishments as well as connecting them with Alumni of Missouri Western.
Safe Space Training
Safe Space Training is designed to help others to better understand terminology and become more aware of how to be an ally to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex persons.