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WCU Gears Up for Weeklong MLK, Jr. Celebration

by The Urban News
Lisa Blackmon, attorney

Western Carolina University’s Martin Luther King Jr. weeklong celebration will feature a keynote address from Lisa Blackmon to highlight this year’s theme, “Building a Legacy of Leadership.”

Blackmon will speak on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at 5:30 p.m. in the Hinds University Center Grandroom.

Blackmon is the founder of Lifechangers International Inc., a leadership training organization, and the managing attorney for more than 25 years at Blackmon & Blackmon, LLC.

A certified leadership coach with a passion for motivating people into their purpose, she is a member of the executive board for Jimmie Hale Mission, a charter member of the Black Women Lawyers Association and of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and a member of the Volunteer Lawyers Program.

MLK Jr. Unity March on WCU’s campus.
MLK Jr. Unity March on WCU’s campus.

WCU MLK Events

Monday, January 16

The annual MLK Jr. Unity March will begin with poster making at 10 a.m. in the UC Cardinal Room, followed by the annual march beginning at 11 a.m. at the Catafount.

The first of two service-learning opportunities will take place, hosted by the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning and the NAACP. Times and locations TBD.

Tuesday, January 17

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Programs is hosting “Civil Rights: The Latinx Story” from 10-11:30 a.m. in the UC Multipurpose Room. This talk will explore the Hispanic/Latino/a/Latinx/Latine civil rights timeline beginning in the early 20th century, highlighting key intersectional points with other communities.

The Center for Career and Professional Development is hosting an Employer DEI Panel “Speed Informational” from 4-5:30 p.m. in the UC Multipurpose Room. In this “speed dating” style panel, employers will discuss their efforts in DEI and be a resource for students to ask questions about their DEI initiatives. Students will get to speak with all the different employers in the room.

The Student Government…

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