Celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
In honor of Martin Luther King Day, CMU will host a special event commemorating his life and legacy.


Celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

I was hired into my position as the director of student diversity at CMU last December. Before I had been tackling all the duties of my new position for a month, a member of our community contacted me about our Martin Luther King Day celebration.

I told her we had no plans to celebrate on Martin Luther King Day and that we wouldn’t have an event until the students returned from winter break. We proceeded to have a good discussion about the importance of CMU hosting an event on Martin Luther King Day itself and what that meant to the Grand Junction community.

Since that time, I have been diligent in planning and collaborating with the Black Student Alliance (BSA) to host an event to which we can welcome all members of our campus and community. I hope all of you will participate in some way to celebrate King’s life.

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, CMU will host a special event commemorating his life and legacy. On Jan. 20, BSA members will welcome the campus and community to Tomlinson Library’s Abraham Lincoln exhibit. Patrons who attend will be given a ticket to a luncheon in the University Center Ballroom, featuring displays, guest speakers and
videos on King.

Additionally, the Cultural Advisory Committee, a body of community leaders that supports CMU’s diversity mission, will award the inaugural Dream Award to a Western Slope youth who has displayed leadership and courage in the face of opposition.

Please join us on Martin Luther King Day to celebrate. If you would like more information about how to get involved with promoting diversity at CMU please contact me at dsandoval@coloradomesa.edu, extension 1765, or stop by Albers Hall. •

A column by Danny Sandoval

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