Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Chapel
features Don Bartlette
By: Kristi Spurgeon
Walla Walla College will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 16, with its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Chapel at 11 a.m. in the Walla Walla College Church sanctuary.
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The chapel will feature speaker Don Bartlette, a Native American activist. Bartlette’s presentation, “Macaroni at Midnight: A Treatise on Diversity,” is an autobiographical profile of the speaker’s experiences as a Chippewa Indian child growing up with disabilities in a difficult environment. His story relates one minority's experience of survival, determination, and the drive to overcome childhood disadvantages and thrive in a multicultural world.
Bartlette is a social worker, counselor, educator, consultant, and advocate who has shared his presentation throughout America and Canada. He has a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in education from the University of North Dakota, and a doctoral degree in education from Columbia Pacific University. Bartlette was the first social worker to be accepted into the American Academy on Mental Retardation.
Bartlette will give a second presentation Monday evening at 7 p.m. in the Chan Shun Pavilion Lecture Hall, Room 154, off Fourth Street. “Macaroni at Midnight, Continued” is sponsored by the WWC Humanities Coalition.