WCTC to welcome motivational educator Muhibb Dyer for Martin Luther King Jr. program on Tuesday, Jan. 16
PEWAUKEE, Wis. (Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024) – Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) will honor activist and prominent civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with a special, in-person event featuring motivational educator and speaker Muhibb Dyer. (PLEASE NOTE: The event will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 16, as the College will be closed on Monday, Jan. 15, for official observance of the holiday.)
The event, which is free and open to the public and sponsored by the College’s Multicultural Engagement Center (MEC), is planned for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the College’s main Pewaukee campus, in the Anthony J. Natalizio (AJN) Center, Building S. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and lunch is included.
Dyer, a native of Milwaukee, grew up in one of the most troubled neighborhoods in the city – the 53206 ZIP code, which, according to a study, revealed it is the most incarcerated ZIP code in the state. Additionally, a third of Milwaukee’s vacant lots are located within this area, and two-thirds of children here live in poverty.
While many of Dyer’s childhood peers fell prey to homicide and incarceration, he managed to survive the challenges of inner-city life. He attended college, earned a bachelor’s degree in educational policies and community studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and he has dedicated his life to helping others navigate their way through painful experiences and connect to their purpose.
Following the tragic murder of his godson Preston Blackmer, and living by the mantra: "a man’s purpose can be found in his pain,” Dyer cofounded the Flood the Hood with Dreams organization and the I Will Not Die Young Campaign, with Kwabena Antoine Nixon. In keeping his promise to Blackmer and that his death would not be in vain, Dyer has presented thousands of seminars and speeches. He is driven to prove to all those who are willing to listen, the influence that one man can have -- regardless of where he comes from -- if he uses his God-given voice for change.
WCTC has offered Martin Luther King Jr. Day programs for several years, and these events allow members of the WCTC and greater community a time for remembrance and understanding.
“WCTC is proud to continue its annual tradition of hosting a service on our campus to commemorate the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for students, faculty, staff and the Waukesha County community,” said Sherry Simmons, chief diversity and compliance officer. “It’s a time to pause and reflect on his life, legacy and the lessons he taught us. It’s a call to action, and to advocate for a more just society as he demonstrated through activism.”
WCTC and the MEC is committed to providing cultural programming and events each month that help build awareness and understanding, encourage discourse and advance inclusivity.
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Waukesha County Technical College, the leader in workforce development, prepares learners for success within the region and global economy. The College offers more than 170 areas of study including associate degree, technical diploma, apprenticeship and short-term certificate programs. Customized training for employers is also available. To learn more, visit www.wctc.edu