Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration at Concord, Monday, January 16

For Immediate Release: 
Dec 20 2005

Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration at Concord, Monday, January 16

Athens, W.Va. - A celebration of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., will be held at Concord University, Monday, January 16 at 7 p.m. in the Main Theatre of the Alexander Fine Arts Center.

Students from area middle and high schools, as well as Concord University students, will share excerpts of essays they have written to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Area elementary school students will display posters and slogans inspired by Dr. King’s vision.

The intent of the essay, poster, and slogan contests in which these students have participated is to provide opportunities for thoughtful reflection on Dr. King’s message and its relevance to today’s world. Contest organizers also hope to encourage continuing appreciation for the reach of Dr. King’s influence, especially through his vital leadership role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

West Virginia author and lecturer Joan C. Browning will deliver the keynote address. Browning’s autobiographical account of her participation in the Civil Rights Movement appears in a collection of essays entitled “Deep in Our Hearts: Nine White Women in the Freedom Movement” published by The University of Georgia Press. Browning currently resides in Greenbrier County, W.Va., where she actively supports public schools and libraries and programs for children and youth. She also serves on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals’ Fatality Review Committee and the Governor’s Race Initiative.

The ConChords will provide a musical tribute to the memory of Dr. King.

Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086, if special assistance or help is required for access to this event.

For more information, contact Director of Multicultural Affairs, Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or nellison@concord.edu.

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