Office of Diversity and Inclusion - a Division of Student Affairs at the University of Central Oklahoma

King Week at Central 2017

Monday, January 16th

MLK Day of Service
Various Sites
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

This annual event hosted by the UCO Volunteer and Service Learning Office, is a nationally recognized day of service. At UCO, MLK Day of Service is the kick-off for King Week at Central.

Volunteers will be assigned to one of the VSLC's partner sites to serve starting from 9:00 a.m. and concluding at 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided on-site for more information and to register, please click here

2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade
1:00 p.m.- Meeting time for parade participants
2:00 p.m. - Parade Starts
Join members of the UCO community as they participate in the annual Oklahoma City Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade. The theme for this year's parade is "A time for change is now." Students who want to participate must register by Friday, January 13th by visiting the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Nigh University Center, Room 211. All participants must purchase the MLK hooded shirt for $15.00. This program is supported by the Black Student Association, Freshman Action Team.

Wednesday, January 18th

Martin Luther King Enterprise Oratory Competition
Nigh University Center, Ballroom C
2:00 p.m.
The University of Central Oklahoma Martin Luther King, Jr. Enterprise Oratory Competition is a campus-wide initiative to celebrate the ideals and principles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while continuing to work toward keeping alive his work and legacy.  Three students, Yabo Adebowale, Thao Pham, and Kalen Russell will deliver speeches based on the Dr. King quote "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." Refreshments will be served

Thursday, January 19th

The Dream Continued
Nigh University Center, Room 301
11:00 a.m.
Join UCO junior Jaylon Thomas as he shares his experiences at the Rise for Boys and Men of Color Grad Prep Academy at the University of Pennsylvania. During the fall of 2016, Jaylon was one of 32 men chosen to attend an all-expense paid grad prep academy for four days at the University of Pennsylvania. The project is designed to prepare scholars for doctoral study and research-related careers. Jaylon will not only share his experiences but will provide insight on how the experience inspired him to continue to research on policing in marginalized communities. 

Women's Outreach Center Evening at the Movies: Hidden Figures
Kickingbird Cinema
6:40 p.m.
The Women’s Outreach Center invites the UCO community to a viewing of Hidden Figures. The film highlights the career and life of Katherine G. Johnson, the African American mathematician who participated in calculating flight trajectories for Project Mercury and the 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the Moon. Limited tickets are available. Visit to sign-up for tickets. 

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