University News
For Immediate Release: 
Dec 21 2000

Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration: West Virginia Delegate to Speak at Concord

Athens, W.Va. - West Virginia Delegate Arley R. Johnson (D), 15th District, Cabell County, will be speaking in the Main Auditorium of the Alexander Fine Arts Center at Concord College, Friday, January 12, 2000, 11:00 a.m. The topic of Mr. Johnson’s speech will be Civil Rights, Human Rights and Doing the Right Thing. Mr. Johnson will also present a personal interpretation of the I Have a Dream speech given by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968. Mr. Johnson will host a question and answer session after his presentation.

Johnson has represented Cabell County as a delegate since 1994. He also served on the Huntington city council between 1989-1993 and was council chairman between 1993-1994. Currently, he serves on the education and political subdivisions committees.

Mr. Johnson’s presentation is being given in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and is sponsored by the Black Student Union of Concord College.

“We are delighted that you have agreed to join us,” stated Concord College President Jerry Beasley. “I am especially eager to hear your speech. Your leadership is inspirational.”

The general public is cordially invited to attend. For more information call Loretta Young at 1-304-384-5257 or Diane Smith Grych at 1-304-384-6077.

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Photo: West Virginia Delegate Arley R. Johnson (D), 15th District, Cabell County

Concord College Notes: Dr. King was born January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia, to the Reverend and Mrs. Martin Luther King, Sr. Between 1955 and 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. helped change America. He brought to the world's attention how unfairly blacks were treated. He had the help of millions of Americans, but his strong leadership and unprecedented power of speech gave people the faith and courage to keep working peacefully even when others did not. This led to new laws that ended the practice of keeping people of different backgrounds apart, making life fairer for everyone.

America will always remember the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. Each year, on the third Monday in January, we celebrate his birthday. This is the first national holiday to honor an individual black American. The legacy of Dr. King lives in each of us and we are responsible to promote, teach and live the American Dream.

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