Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week is being celebrated July 16-19 at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. CAB and SGA members have organized events, including (from left): Ashley Baldwin, Conner Patton, event chair Cheyenne Nguyen, Taiwo Ayodele and CAB Director Katie Warnick.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week is being celebrated July 16-19 at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. CAB and SGA members have organized events, including (from left): Ashley Baldwin, Conner Patton, event chair Cheyenne Nguyen, Taiwo Ayodele and CAB Director Katie Warnick.

SWOSU Plans Competitions During MLK Week

Southwestern Oklahoma State University students in the Collegiate Activities Board and Student Government Association have organized essay and art competitions as part of the upcoming Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week on the Weatherford campus.

The January 16-19 celebration will involve all Weatherford Public Schools and SWOSU students. The theme this year is “Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.”

“In honor of a great man who initiated events which sparked change in American culture, the students organized these activities,” said event chair Cheyenne Nguyen, a junior from Allen (TX). “The events will be SWOSU’s 12th annual celebration of the life and work of Dr. King.  The United States and the world reaped the positive effects of his life’s work on the lives and lifestyles of blacks and whites alike.”

The MLK celebration contest submissions will include a coloring contest, poems, essays and art projects. All projects will be displayed in the lobby of the SWOSU Memorial Student Center during the January 16-19 week.

The public is invited to view/read all the winning pieces. Even though SWOSU is closed on January 15 for the MLK holiday, entries will be available starting Tuesday of that week.

Prizes for the winning submissions include pizza parties for elementary grades and gift baskets/ University Bookstore gift cards for middle school, high school and SWOSU students.

For more information, contact the Dean of Students office at 580.774.3767.