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Martin Luther King Jr. remembrance event set for Jan. 20

January 6, 2014

Editor's notes:

  • News media can contact Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton to arrange for interviews prior to the Jan. 20 Martin Luther King Jr. Day event. You can reach her at 715-828-2019 or duckswsm@uwec.edu.
  • Participants in the Martin Luther King Remembrance ceremony will gather at the St. James the Greater Catholic Church, 2502 11th St. Participants will be available to talk with the media from 5-5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, as they organize for the program. A rehearsal of the hourlong program will run from 12-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at St. James. Members of the media also are welcome at the Saturday rehearsal.
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Also see information about the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service planned for Jan. 20.

EAU CLAIRE — A ceremony to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 20 at St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Eau Claire.

Students from Lakeshore and Putnam Heights elementary schools, DeLong Middle School, and Memorial High School in Eau Claire, along with University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students and community members, will participate in the remembrance ceremony. Also participating in the ceremony are faculty members from UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stout and Chippewa Valley Technical College, and representatives of business, government and education in Eau Claire.

"At this year's event we are emphasizing the need for unity," said Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, UW-Eau Claire professor of history and coordinator of the event. "In the civil rights movement you saw sacred and secular come together as Americans. King focused on forgiveness and not demonizing people who oppose you. To begin to listen without name-calling and demonization is exactly what our country needs right now."

The ceremony will include readings from several of King's speeches, music and multimedia presentations of the history of the civil rights movement.

Event sponsors are University Lutheran Church; St. James the Greater Catholic Church; Speed of Sound; Schmitt Music; the city of Eau Claire; the Eau Claire Police Department; Putnam Heights Elementary School; and UW-Eau Claire's Office of Multicultural Affairs, department of history, Black Student Alliance and University Police.

For more information about the event, contact Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton at 715-828-2019 or duckswsm@uwec.edu; University Lutheran Church Pastor Alan Buresh at 715-834-8026; or the UW-Eau Claire Office of Multicultural Affairs at 715-836-3367.

UW-Eau Claire will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

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