Over February 11-15th, Oklahoma Wesleyan University held their Third Annual Orange Week to honor the namesake of 18th century abolitionist and founder of the Wesleyan Methodist movement, Orange Scott, during the week of his birthday.
The student organization responsible for organizing Orange Week is called The Orange Movement (OM) and is also named after Orange Scott. Orange Movement director/founder Marci Piper said the organization honors Scott by “taking a week to host activities and events that raise awareness of and support the fight against human trafficking today.”
The Orange Movement kicked off Orange Week with a Skype dialogue with Jennie, sister of OM student leader, Josh Telfer. Jennie is currently serving with Night Light International in Bangkok, Thailand working to help rescue young women in the red light districts there.
The week also included a student-produced chapel on Wednesday, Orange Scott’s birthday. The chapel focused on Scott’s legacy alongside that of English abolitionist William Wilberforce and efforts to fight slavery today. Tying the original abolitionist mindset of the founding father of the Wesleyan Methodist movement with bringing that mindset forward for today’s generation.
On Thursday, February 14, Christian pop-rock band Cloverton performed a benefit concert at OKWU called “Love Orange” in honor of Valentine’s Day and The Orange Movement’s mission to end modern day slavery through the love of Jesus Christ. Funds raised will support 2013 Orange Movement initiatives.
On Friday and Saturday, The Orange Movement invited students and community members to wear specially designed orange t-shirts at OKWU mens’ and women’s basketball games. They called the event an “Orange Out” designed to raise awareness and unite participants on the basis of both basketball and social activism.
Awareness is key for The Orange Movement. Director/founder Marci Piper said the Orange Movement’s main goal is to be a “megaphone for raising awareness and connecting students and our community with organizations that are on the front lines in the battle.”
In early January, the Organization launched Emancipation Stories, a collection of trafficking survivor stories, created to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The Orange Movement also has plans to launch a database of anti-trafficking organizations next year to help concerned individuals find avenues to participate and to help in the fight against modern day slavery, among other initiatives.
Whether it’s Orange Week or not, The Orange Movement emphasizes the healing power of Christ in everyone’s lives. OKWU’s favorite color is orange. What’s your’s?