Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration

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UW Oshkosh to host annual community event

Keeping the Dream Alive: America’s Promise will be keynote speaker Dr. Elfred Anthony Pinkard’s topic of discussion for the 24th-Annual Martin Luther King Jr. campus and community celebration at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

The Community Celebration event takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center, 625 Pearl Ave., Oshkosh. The celebration, which supports King Jr.’s creed for equality for all, is free and open to the public. 

Keynote Pinkard is the 22nd president at Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio. He was the founding executive director of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Institute for Capacity Building. The institute provided support and capacity-building assistance for 37 UNCF-member institutions. Pinkard has served at seven Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and is part of a leadership development organization with a focus on developing leaders for HBCUs.

The commemoration celebrates the legacy of King Jr. by honoring a community member with a Community Service Award for demonstrating the same spirit of volunteerism and citizenship that characterized King Jr.’s life.

Other awards to be presented are the MLK Drum Major Service Award, recognizing an individual who has demonstrated service and leadership in promoting human dignity and achieving racial equality and harmony among the Oshkosh campus and community; and African American Student Leadership Award, given to a full-time African American undergraduate student of junior status who demonstrates leadership in campus activities that benefit African American students and the campus community.

The MLK event also will feature a 2018 Black Heritage Stamp tribute and the naming of the Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest winners from local schools.

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