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UW-Eau Claire Ceremony to Commemorate
Life of Martin Luther King Jr.

RELEASED: Jan. 5, 2009

MLK posterEAU CLAIRE — A ceremony to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will begin at 5 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Ecumenical Religious Center, 110 Garfield Ave.

The ceremony will begin with a performance by the Chippewa Valley Youth Choir. The chronology of King's life and excerpts from his speeches, including "I've Been to the Mountaintop," will be read by members of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Black Student Association. Students from UW-Eau Claire's music and theatre arts department will perform an a cappella arrangement of King's favorite hymn, "Precious Lord Take My Hand, " as well as "Passages," an original composition by Dr. Ethan Wickman, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of music.

The sunset ceremony is sponsored by University Lutheran Church, UW-Eau Claire's Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in collaboration with the departments of history and music and theatre arts.

Those attending the ceremony may park in the Hibbard Hall parking lot without a university permit.

For more information about the event, contact Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, associate professor of history, at 715-832-4886; Pastor Alan Buresh, University Lutheran Church, at 715-834-8026; or Christine Webster, Office of Multicultural Affairs, at 715-836-3367.

UW-Eau Claire will be closed Jan. 19 in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

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