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UW-Eau Claire celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

| Judy Berthiaume

Moving and powerful are among the words UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff are using to describe UW-Eau Claire’s Jan. 31 on-campus event celebrating the vision and legacy of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Held on the eve of Black History Month, the celebration brought members of the campus and greater Eau Claire communities together to commemorate the influential black civil rights leader and consider how best to continue work toward his goals for inclusion and equality.

Watch the video above, which shares highlights of the celebration.

Travis Adams, an attorney in Little Rock, Arkansas, and a former member of a civil litigation execution team in the Arkansas attorney general’s office, gave the keynote address.

Chancellor James Schmidt and Dr. Tamara Johnson, assistant chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion, spoke, and Collis McCloud Jr., a senior business management major, read from one of King’s well-known speeches.

UW-Eau Claire’s Concert Choir performed under the direction of Dr. Frank Watkins, assistant professor of music, and Elijah Vanderpoel, a sophomore vocal performance major, performed a vocal solo.

Lorance Uwinaza, a freshman business major, led those gathering for the celebration in singing “We Shall Overcome.”

Dr. David Leaman, dean of UW-Eau Claire’s College of Arts and Sciences, received the university’s first Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Leadership Award during the celebration.