Community, UW-Green Bay celebrate life, legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Brown County community came together to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan. 19, marking the occasion with art, song and reflections.

UW-Green Bay is a major sponsor for the annual community celebration, held at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Numerous faculty and staff members served on the event planning committee or were part of the program, including Chancellor Tom Harden, who offered personal reflections and presented poster and essay contest awards to students in grades K-3. Education Prof. James Coates delivered a stirring rendition of King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, while Juliet Cole, Associate Director of the Institute for Learning Partnership, both coordinated the annual poster/essay contest and danced with the Nia African and African-American Dancers and Drummers.

Other involved faculty and staff included faculty members Jolanda Sallmann and Francis Akakpo (Social Work); Gaurav Bansal and Mussie Teclezion (Business Administration); Prof. Emeritus Judy Martin (Social Work); and staff members Juliet Cole (Institute for Learning Partnership) and committee co-chair Kelly McBride (University Communication).

The theme for the 2013 celebration was “Advancing the Dream Together: What is my Role?” and students in grades K-12 were invited to address this theme in posters, poetry and essays reflecting on the life and legacy of Dr. King. More information about the annual event is available at www.browncomlk.org.

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Photos by Holly Williams and Veronica Wierer, photo interns, Marketing and University Communication