Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration—Peacekeeping Week

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Walla Walla University will present a special community event titled “Our Common Suffering, Our Common Hope” on Monday, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m. in the Walla Walla University Church, 212 S.W. 4th St., College Place. Special events are planned throughout Peacekeeping Week, Jan. 15–20, 2018.

Download the 2018 Peacekeeping Week schedule >

Olive Hemmings, 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Day speaker

  • B.A., Northern Caribbean University
  • M.A., Andrews University
  • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University


Olive Hemmings has taught in Seventh-day Adventist higher education since 1982 and at Washington Adventist University for the past 15 years. She teaches New Testament Bible and Greek; world religions; social, biblical, and theological ethics; and dogmatic theology both in graduate and undergraduate programs. 

Hemmings has an ordained minister credential from the Columbia Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and pursues a yearly itinerary of preaching and teaching nationally and internationally. 

Her major publication “Sacred Texts and Social Conflict” is a case study of the debate over women’s ordination in the Seventh-day Adventist Church to demonstrate the ways in which sacred texts function as the site of power for communities in conflict.

Hemmings has been married to Charles Kuuku Paintsil of Accra, Ghana, for 29 years. They have three children: William Yofi, Alexandra Ama, and Harold Mica-El Kwesi. Her great passion in life is fueled by a strong sense of purpose and sustained by the grace of God.


Monday, Jan. 15

11 a.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

“Our Common Suffering, Our Common Hope”
presented by Olive Hemmings, professor of religion at Washington Adventist University

Walla Walla University Church
212 S.W. 4th St., College Place

CommUnity credit available for WWU students.


4 p.m.

Peace March and Candlelight Vigil

Gather at the Whitman College Reid Campus Center (280 Boyer Ave., Walla Walla) and walk together to the Gesa Powerhouse Theater (111 N. 6th Ave., Walla Walla).

CommUnity credit available for WWU students.


Tuesday, Jan. 16

7:30 p.m.

“I Am Not Your Negro”
James Baldwin documentary and discussion

Watch and discuss the life and impact of writer James Baldwin with Timothy Golden, professor of philosophy, and Kellie Bond, associate professor of English.

Administration Building, room 117

Hosted by the Pegasus Club.


Wednesday, Jan. 17

6:30 p.m.

Privilege Walk: Find Where You Stand

Black Box Theater

Hosted by the Social Work Club.

Two worship credits available for WWU students.


Thursday, Jan. 18

6 p.m.

Onions, Wine, and Immigrants: Justice for the Sojourner

Panel discussion with Mariela Rosas, Mary Aparicio, Aaron Brobow-Strain, and Jody Washburn, assistant professor of biblical studies.

Peterson Memorial Library Reference Room

Hosted by the Theology Club.

Colloquium credit available for the Departments of Social Work, Sociology, History, Theology, Psychology, and English.


Friday, Jan. 19

8–11 a.m.

Hot drinks and copies of the United States Constitution

Administration building entrance and Chan Shun Pavilion stairs

Hosted by the Amnesty International Club and the History Club.


9:30 p.m.

WWJD: How Can I Be a Peacekeeper?

Student Association Center

Hosted by the Black Students Christian Forum clb

Two worship credits available for WWU students.


Saturday, Jan. 20

10:30 a.m.

Practical Peacemaking

Panel discussion with Pedrito Maynard-Reid, WWU assistant to the president for diversity and professor of biblical studies and missiology; Derek Glatts, WWU senior theology major; Susan Smith, WWU professor social work and sociology; Katie Pekar, WWU biology graduate student; and Terrie Aamodt, professor of history and English.

Canaday Technology Center 105

Transportation to the Peace March and Candlelight Vigil will be provided for WWU students

3:15 p.m. | Meet in front of the University Church

3:30 p.m. | Depart for Whitman College

4 p.m. | Begin march at Whitman College Reid Center (CommUnity credit is available for WWU students)

4:15 p.m. | Candlelight march to Gesa Power House Theatre

4:30 p.m. | Program/Refreshments at Gesa Power House Theatre

5 p.m. | WWU bus returns to campus (leaves from Gesa Power House Theatre)

Last update on May 3, 2018