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January 10, 2012

Martin Luther King Remembrance event set for Jan. 16

Martin Luther King RemembranceA ceremony to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at St. James the Greater Church in Eau Claire. Youth from Lakeshore Elementary, Locust Lane Elementary, Delong Middle and Memorial High schools in Eau Claire, along with UW-Eau Claire students and community members, will participate in the Martin Luther King Remembrance ceremony.

"This is going to be a wonderful celebration that brings together people of all ages from throughout the community and the campus," said Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, associate professor of history and UW-Eau Claire's Campus Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Fellow. "The messages shared through song, Dr. King's speeches, videos and photographs will be powerful."

During the ceremony, area youth, UW-Eau Claire students and community members will read from several of King's speeches, including "I Have a Dream...," "Maladjusted" and "The Drum Major Instinct." They also will read from Maya Angelou's poem "Still I Rise."

Music during the event will be provided by Memorial High School’s Freshman Orchestra, University Lutheran Church, St. James the Greater Catholic Church and UW-Eau Claire's Black Student Association. David Jones (associate professor of English) of Jones Tones, Glen Eastman (a UW-Eau Claire graduate) of the band Radio Drive, Catya, and David Sprick (UW-Eau Claire's police chief) will provide musical accompaniment.

The Martin Luther King Remembrance ceremony is part of the National Day of Service activities.

The ceremony is sponsored by University Lutheran Church; city of Eau Claire Police Department; UW-Eau Claire's Office of Multicultural Affairs, history department, University Police and Black Student Association; Schmitt Music of Eau Claire; the city of Eau Claire; and the Memorial High School Orchestra.

For more information about the event, contact Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton at 715-828-2019 or duckswsm@uwec.edu; University Lutheran Pastor Alan Buresh at 715-834-8026; or the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 715-836-3367. For information about the National Day of Service, contact Ann Watson at 715-836-5283.

UW-Eau Claire will be closed Monday, Jan. 16, in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

Source: UW-Eau Claire News Bureau

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