LOWELL -- A week of events will be held at UMass Lowell to honor Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision and quest for social equality. Events are open to the public and will focus on the topic "His Dream, Our Awakening." Sponsored by the university's Office of Multicultural Affairs, the series kicks off Black History Month. A student Day of Service will be held on Sunday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., starting at the Campus Recreation Center, East Campus, 100 Pawtucket St. Other events include:
-- Solidarity March: Monday, Jan. 28, 5 p.m., beginning on South Campus and ending on East Campus. Members of the UMass Lowell community and the public will walk for peace. The event is co-sponsored by student groups the Association of Students of African Origin (ASAO); Males Achieving Leadership, Excellence and Success (MALES); Sisters of Integrity Striving Towards Empowerment, Respect and Success (SISTERS); the Latin American Student Association; and the National Society of Black Engineers.
-- Student Oratorical Contest: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m. Students will speak on the topic "My Dream, My Awakening," competing for prizes. Alumni Hall, North Campus, 34 University Ave..
-- MLK Celebration Dinner: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 6 p.m. The Office of Multicultural Affairs will bestow its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award to a student, faculty, staff and community member whose service exemplifies King's work. The program will feature Avis Jones-DeWeever, executive director of the National Council of Negro Women and include award presentations to Lowell schoolchildren for their artwork and essays. The dinner is free and open to the public; make reservations by Jan. 18 by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.