WMU brings its fourth annual MLK Day Teach-In to the Bernhard Center West Ballroom on Monday, Jan. 20.

WMU brings its fourth annual MLK Day 'Teach-In' to the Bernhard Center West Ballroom on Monday, Jan. 20. This Sunday, Kalamazoo will pass the 57th anniversary of The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech to WMU students and faculty at Rhead Fieldhouse in Kalamazoo on Dec. 19, 1963.

Western Michigan University students will have plenty of opportunities for learning next week, despite classes being out of session on Monday. 

WMU's Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host a 'Teach-in': a series of speaking engagements on the second floor of WMU's Bernhard Center as part of its Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration Monday, Jan. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Faculty, students and community leaders will "raise urgent issues and questions, inspire critical thinking and connect attendees to action opportunities," according to a press release. 

35 local organizations will staff information tables at the Bernhard Center on Monday to direct attendees to involvement opportunities. 

MLK Day Teach-In schedule

MLK Day Teach-In schedule

The schedule of events is as followed:

11 a.m.: How misinformation is harming democracy — Dr. Sue Ellen Christian (Communications)

11:30 a.m.: Climate justics and climate denial — Dr. Dave Karowe (Biology) & Rei Gordon (Political Science)

12:00 p.m.: Organizers and workers addressing poverty — Rev. Nathan Dannison (First Congregational Church)

12:30 p.m.: Reversing runaway inequality — Bill Farmer (SW MI DSA, Labor for Bernie)

1:00 p.m.: Exploring coalition building within the LGBT and African American community — Marshall Kilgore (Community Advocate)

1:30 p.m.: Inequality and women of color in Kalamazoo — Grace Lubwama (YWCA)

2:00 p.m.: Current threats to immigrant families — Dr. Tim Ready (Sociology), Mark Delorey (Foundation Scholars) & WMU Students

2:30 p.m. MLK in 2020: Legacy & Vision — Dr. Don Cooney (Social Work)

WMU is offering free parking in its parking structure nearest Ellsworth Hall. All events are free to the public.

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