UWMC’s 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration to Highlight Hispanic Peoples’ Contributions & Challenges

By UW-Marathon County

The Hispanic community of Wisconsin and Wausau will be the topic of this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County (UWMC) on January 27, 6:30 p.m., UWMC Auditorium.

The speaker will be Wausau School District employee Ligia Pineda, an English language learning translator at A.C. Kiefer Educational Center. In addition to talking about the history of Hispanics in central Wisconsin, the native of Guatemala will discuss the economic and cultural contributions Hispanics bring to the area along with some of the personal and employment challenges they face.

A brief question and answer session with the audience will follow Pineda’s presentation, which is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Terrace Room.

“While this event doesn’t coincide with the federal holiday celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr., we purposely scheduled it for January 27 so more UWMC  and Northcentral Technical College (NTC) students will have a chance to attend it,” said Keith Montgomery, UWMC dean and campus executive officer.

UWMC and NTC are sponsoring Pineda’s talk.


Brian Becker