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Martin Luther King, Jr. Vigil

The Martin Luther King Jr celebration provides students, faculty, staff and community members an opportunity to gather and consider the many sacrifices that have advanced social equality. It is also a time for us to consider the significant work yet to be accomplished, and our personal role in furthering social justice. This year’s theme for Dr. King’s Celebration is “Our Destinies Are Tied, Let’s Work Together”. As Aggies and Cache Valley members, we recognize that the civil rights movement affects people from all backgrounds. We must work together to advance human rights and social justice.

Utah State University's Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration will be held at the TSC Ballroom on January 17, 2017 from 6:30-7:30PM. There will be a short program with special keynote speaker, Natasha Carrizosa, followed by a candlelight vigil and a march around campus to commemorate the work of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration as well as to unite our community. This event will be co-sponsored by the Access & Diversity Center and the USU Black Student Union. Activities are free and open to the public

Meet the Keynote Speaker: Natasha Carrizosa

In 2013, Natasha Carrizosa won the National Poetry Award for multi-cultural poet of the year. She is a poet, writer, and spoken word artist. Her work is deeply rooted in her childhood and life experiences. Raised as the daughter of an African-American mother and Mexican father, her writing reflects the dichotomy of these two rich cultures.

She has a powerful and unique voice. Natasha is able to speak about the appreciation and beauty of our diversity that lives within us all. She is a published author of several projects – including heavy light, mejiafricana, and Of Fire and Rain (co-authored with Joaquin Zihuatanejo.) She has performed her work and conducted workshops for audiences in Madrid, Paris, St. Lucia, New York, Chicago, Houston and countless other cities.

Her love for the arts inspired the creation of natty roots & rhyme. Since 2009 she has hosted one of the most dynamic poetry open mics in the country. natty roots & rhyme is light and creative expression. It is sanctuary to poets and people from around the world.

Natasha Carrizosa