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Martin Luther King Jr. Day ceremony set for Jan. 18

Editor's Note: Contact Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton to arrange for interviews or photo opportunities prior to the event. Participants will rehearse the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 16. You can reach Dr. Ducksworth-Lawton at 715-828-2019.

Martin Luther King Jr. celebration poster
The Jan. 18 sunset ceremony in memory of Martin Luther King Jr. will follow a day of service by UW-Eau Claire and community volunteers.

RELEASED: Jan. 11, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — A ceremony to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will begin at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Ecumenical Religious Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Four area elementary-age youth and four UW-Eau Claire students who are part of the Black Student Association will read King's "I Have a Dream..." speech during the ceremony.

Music during the event will be provided by University Lutheran Church, St. James the Greater Catholic Church, the Black Student Association and students from UW-Eau Claire's music and theatre arts department.

The ceremony is sponsored by University Lutheran Church, city of Eau Claire Police Department, 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 and the Black Student Association.

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 at 715-834-8026; or the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 715-836-3367.

UW-Eau Claire will be closed Jan. 18 in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

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