On Monday, January 17, the La Crosse community will celebrate the life and work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Viterbo University is hosting the evening event and has a schedule of activities and speakers throughout the day.
While many positive changes have been won in the sixty-plus years since Dr. King, we are still fighting racism and discrimination in housing, employment, education, the legal system, and voting. So, in addition to the January 17 events shown below, there are more actions we can take to keep on keepin' on.
Here are the day's events as listed by Viterbo University. For more details and links to on-your-own actions, visit the website.
- 8:00 a.m. Coffee, Continental Breakfast, and Blessing hosted by Campus Ministry
- 8:30 to Noon Service @ Various Service Location in Greater La Crosse Area
- 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Immigrant Journeys from South of the Border: ¡Mi travesía hasta Wisconsin! Photo Exhibit Inaugural Event @ The Cafeteria
- 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. "Our Ancestors: Demystifying Race and Genetics" by Chris Mayne @ Nursing Center 196
- 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. "A History of Civil Rights: A Lecture in Honor of Dr. King" by Keith Knutson @ Brophy 122
- 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. "Through the Eyes of Viterbo's Academic Leaders: Dr. King's Academic Legacy" @ Nursing 196
- 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Identities Project: Dr. MLK Jr. & Malcom X in Media led by Alyssa Gostonczik and Hannah Amann @ Reinhart 134
- 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. "Everyone Can Be Great Because Everyone Can Serve" by Tom Thibodeau @ Brophy 122
Join the La Crosse community in honoring and celebrating Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by attending this event which honors local activists and features keynote speaker Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington.
Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington is a well-known environmental justice speaker on the topics environmental racism, environmental justice and climate Justice. Dr. Washington is the founder and chief environmental research scientist at Environmental Health Research Associates LLC.
The event will also include the MLK Leadership Award, which will go to Antoiwana Williams, director of the Office of Multicultural Student Services at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. A special Dr. King Beloved Community recognition will be presented to Tashyra Jackson and Shamawyah Curtis, co-founders and co-directors of Hope Restores. Thomas Harris will also be recognized for his longtime outstanding service on the La Crosse Community Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration committee. Learn more and watch the live stream at https://www.facebook.com/viterboethics
More to do:
Learn about and support good candidates for school board and county board. There is a primary for some offices coming soon on February 15. We hope to post more about candidates soon.
Contact Sen. Tammy Baldwin The Senate MUST pass voting rights legislation as soon as possible. Already, some states' attempts to "rewrite Democracy" have been passed and signed into law including restrictions on voting hours and polling places, voter I.D. requirements that disadvantage people of color, elderly and low-income communities, restrictions on who may help voters (even who may hand out water to those waiting in line to vote!) and more. While, it's true, the immediate problem is Democrats fighting with Democrats, there is a whole party, including the "good" Republicans, blocking voting rights legislation.
Support local groups working to change and improve the systems. See a list of groups on this web page >>> and check out these national organizations. If you can afford a one time or monthly donation, whatever the amount, you will help. Do you have other organizations to recommend? Reply in chat and we will update this page.
- AFL-CIO Labor Commission on Racial and Economic Justice
- Black Lives Matter
- Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
- Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
- National Black Environmental Justice Network
- Southern Poverty Law Center
Help plan future events and actions, like the 2022 Juneteenth celebration (if interested, email Mary at
, in our community.