Hundreds of Brown County residents shared a vision for peace Saturday, Jan. 18 during the annual Community Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday.
Held at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and presented in conjunction with UW-Green Bay, St. Norbert College and other community partners, the 19th annual celebration featured music, reflections and tributes to the great Civil Rights leader. Students in grades K-12 offered their interpretation of King’s dream through a poster and essay contest reflecting on “A Vision for Peace,” this year’s celebration theme.
UW-Green Bay once again was well represented during the event, with several members of the University faculty and staff serving on the planning committee that coordinates the celebration. Chancellor Tom Harden offered personal reflections and presented poster and essay contest awards to students in grades K-3, while Juliet Cole, associate director of the Institute for Learning Partnership, coordinated the poster/essay contest and danced with the Nia African and African-American Dancers and Drummers.
Other involved faculty and staff members included faculty members Jolanda Sallmann and Francis Akakpo (Social Work); Gaurav Bansal and Mussie Teclezion (Business Administration); Prof. Emeritus Judy Martin and staff members Cole and committee co-chair Kelly McBride Moore (University Communication).
UW-Green Bay is one of the major sponsors for the annual MLK event. More information is available online.
— Photos by Shannon Fallon, NWTC student