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SFER invites members of Whitworth, Spokane communities to participate in MLK events

January 16, 2013
Students to march in downtown parade, host related events on Jan. 17 and Jan. 21

On Thursday, Jan. 17, and Monday, Jan. 21, members of Students for Education Reform Whitworth (SFER Whitworth) invite members of the Whitworth and Spokane communities to join in its celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“It’s only proper to pay our respects to an iconic American civil rights activist like Martin Luther King Jr.,” says Whitworth senior Sergio Jara Arroyos, co-president of SFER Whitworth. “He achieved so much. Now we have the responsibility to keep working for equity and equality.”

Following are the MLK-related events to which the public is invited:

  • Screening of Freedom Writers
    Thursday, Jan. 17, 8 p.m., Robinson Teaching Theatre

    SFER’s first event features a showing of this 2007 film, which follows a teacher who inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day March
    Monday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m., downtown Spokane

    All are welcome to march with SFER Whitworth in downtown Spokane’s Martin Luther King Jr. parade. Meet in the Hixson Union Building’s Lied Square at 9 a.m. to travel with others to the event. To carpool, please reserve a seat with Jessica Bronte at

  • Interactive Event featuring Spokane Chapter NAACP President
    Monday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m., Hixson Union Building’s multipurpose room

    The final event will host keynote speaker James Wilburn Jr., president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP. Other highlights include photo opportunities with a poster featuring Melinda Gates’ quote, “A great education is a civil right.” Students will also be reading King’s iconic I Have a Dream speech.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Sergio Jara Arroyos, co-president of SFER Whitworth, Whitworth University,

Andrea Idso, interim public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or