Donzaleigh Abernathy Kicks Off Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events

OGDEN, Utah – Civil rights activist, writer and actress Donzaleigh Abernathy will discuss her experiences during the American civil rights movement at Weber State University to begin the events commemorating the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Abernathy will speak Jan. 15 at 11:30 a.m. in Shepherd Union Ballroom B. The event is free and open to the public.

Abernathy is the daughter of the late Ralph David Abernathy, who co-founded the civil rights movement with his friend Martin Luther King Jr. 

“She’ll not only be able to share stories of what was happening in the community around her, but also in her home and the homes of family friends and their conversations that shaped the movement as it was happening,” said Adrienne Andrews, coordinator of WSU’s Center for Diversity and Unity. “This year our focus has been on living history and people who have lived through the events we recognize, remember and celebrate. By having her come to campus before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, my hope is that we can inspire people about what change is possible and that together we can achieve more.”

To celebrate King’s dream and its continued relevance, the Center for Diversity and Unity, the Center for Community Engaged Learning and the NAACP of Ogden will host the annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast and Freedom March at 9 a.m. at the Marshall White Center (222 28th St., Ogden, Utah). The following day the center will kick off its MLK Week of Service events, which will include: 

  • A Best Buddies tie-dye activity Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. in Shepherd Union Room 305.
  • A Youth game night Jan. 22 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Your Community Connection (2261 Adams Ave., Ogden, Utah).
  • Blanket tying to benefit Welcome Baby Jan. 23 from noon to midnight in Shepherd Union Room 327.
  • A week-long food drive for the Weber Cares Food Pantry in Shepherd Union Room 327.
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Adrienne Andrews, Center for Diversity and Unity coordinator
801-626-7243 •
Allison Barlow Hess, Director of Public Relations
801-626-7948 •