Day of service, remembrance event mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire invites area residents to join its students, faculty and staff in commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during two events on Jan. 21:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

UW-Eau Claire's AmeriCorps ECLIPSE program encourages volunteers of all ages to participate in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service from noon-4 p.m. Volunteers will share a meal at The Community Table (320 Putnam St., Eau Claire) from noon to 1 p.m., followed by participation in service projects at several area nonprofit organizations. Register by completing the online signup form or emailing, or sign up at The Community Table on the day of the event.

Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance event

A Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance event will begin at 6 p.m. at St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Eau Claire. UW-Eau Claire is among the sponsors of the event.

Students and faculty from area elementary, middle and high schools, along with UW-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. State representatives Warren Petryk and Jodi Emerson, along with UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt, will be among the featured speakers.

The ceremony will include readings from several of King's works (including his "Give Us the Ballot" speech), music and multimedia presentations of the history of the civil rights movement. The Chippewa Valley Youth Chorus, led by Cathy Reitz; the Eau Claire CollECtive Choir, under the direction of Michael Rambo; and soloist Keith Johnathan will perform. Dr. Frank Watkins, assistant professor of choral music education and director of choral studies at UW-Eau Claire, is the event's musical director, and Dr. Ryan Jones, UW-Eau Claire professor of music history, is the event's assistant director.

Uniting Bridges is organizing the event. Other sponsors are St. James the Greater Catholic Church; the UW-Eau Claire Chancellor’s Office, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Human Sciences, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of Affirmative Action, and Blugold Beginnings program; the city of Eau Claire; the Eau Claire Police Department; the Chippewa Valley Chapter of the ACLU; the Chippewa Valley Museum; Schmitt Music; and Speed of Sound.