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Martin Luther King activities set for Jan. 17

Editor's Notes:

  • The news media can contact Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton to arrange for interviews prior to the Jan. 17 Martin Luther King Day event. You can reach her at 715-828-2019 or
  • Participants in the Martin Luther King Remembrance ceremony will gather at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at the ERC (110 Garfield Ave.). Participants will be available to talk with the media from 1-2 p.m. Saturday as they organize for the program. A rehearsal of the hourlong program will begin at 2 p.m.
  • Photographers/videographers are welcome during the Jan. 15 rehearsal as well as during the Jan. 17 King event.

RELEASED: Jan. 10, 2011

Martin Luther King Day posterEAU CLAIRE — A ceremony to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Ecumenical Religious Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

More than 60 youth from Lakeshore Elementary and Delong Middle 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 very 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..." and "What We Must Do Now." They also will read from a letter King wrote while in a jail in Birmingham, Ala.

Mike Huggins, Eau Claire city manager, will be among those reading during the King event, Ducksworth-Lawton said, noting that this is the first year that city offices in Eau Claire will recognize the Martin Luther King Day holiday. A first-grader and other area youth also will read, she said.

Music during the event will be provided by the Lakeshore Singers, Delong Middle School students, 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 (UW-Eau Claire graduate) of the band Radio Drive and David Sprick (UW-Eau Claire police chief) will provide musical accompaniment.

A recently recovered video of King's "We Shall Overcome" speech given in Los Angeles, Calif., will be among the video clips shown during the event, Ducksworth-Lawton said.

UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will share remarks as the King event comes to a close.

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

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

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

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

UW-Eau Claire will be closed Monday, Jan. 17, in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.



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