Peace march, open house to be held on MLK Jr. Day

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Whitman College has combined several Martin Luther King Jr. Day events this year with the official opening of the Glover Alston Center, a renovated historic home at 26 Boyer Ave. The new space is designed for students with diverse backgrounds and interests to explore, reflect, discuss and engage.

The traditional Martin Luther King Jr. Day candlelight peace march from campus to downtown Walla Walla and back will start at 5:45 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Reid Campus Center, 280 Boyer Ave., and will conclude with an open house at Glover Alston Center. President George Bridges will greet guests at the event, which will feature refreshments and music by Whitman's student jazz musicians. A screening of the documentary "At the River I Stand," hosted by the Black Student Union, follows the open house. These are open to the public.

Another event open to the public is a panel discussion exploring the Civil Rights Movement as it intersects with "black power" and "brown power" social justice movements. Participants include Bob Withycombe, professor of rhetoric and film studies; Nina Lerman, associate professor of history; and Gilbert Mireles, assistant professor of sociology. The discussion will be from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom, 280 Boyer Ave.

For more information, call 522-4410.

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