SMU Celebrates Dream Week

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President R. Gerald Turner walks with students during last year’s commemorative unity walk.Photo credit: Christopher Saul” height=”406

SMU Band, SMU Spirit, along with SMU multicultural organizations and SMU Black Alumni will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Week 2014 from Jan. 18 to Jan. 23.


The week long celebration kicks off Saturday. The city of Dallas will host its 32nd annual MLK parade. The parade will start at 10 a.m. at Dallas City Hall and proceed along Ervay Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and end at Fair Park.

Monday, students and faculty are welcome to attend community service with residents of the SMU Service House from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Potential participants are encouraged to meet at the Service House the day of the event. Students will have the opportunity to serve at the Nexus Recovery Center and Vickery Meadow Center, just to name a few. Breakfast will be provided.

On Wednesday, the office of Multicultural Affairs in Hughes-Trigg will host Real Talk, where they will discuss the need for modern-day civil rights activists. The meeting begins in porticos BCD at noon, and lunch will be provided.

Later that day and just downstairs, there will be a screening of the movie “Standing on My Sister’s Shoulders” at 8 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. This Civil Rights documentary tells firsthand the stories of the Mississippi activists who fought for desegregation and the right to vote.

Lastly, on Jan. 23, President R. Gerald Turner and other students will participate in a commemorative unity walk around the Boulevard. The event will begin at noon by
the flagpole.

For more information on the MLK parade and campus events, visit SMU’s Multicultural Student Affairs website.

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