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Martin Luther King Jr. remembrance event set for Jan. 21

January 4, 2013

Editor's notes:

  • News media can contact Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton to arrange for interviews prior to the Jan. 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day event. You can reach her at 715-828-2019 or
  • Participants in the Martin Luther King Remembrance ceremony will gather at the St. James the Greater Catholic Church, 2502 11th St. Participants will be available to talk with the media from 5:30-6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, as they organize for the program. A rehearsal of the hourlong program will run from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at St. James. Members of the media also are welcome at the Saturday rehearsal.
Also see information about the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service planned for Jan. 21
EAU CLAIRE — A ceremony to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 21 at St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Eau Claire.

More than 58 youth from Lakeshore, Locust Lane and Putnam elementary schools and DeLong Middle School in Eau Claire, along with UW-Eau Claire students and community members, will participate in the 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, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of history and coordinator of the event. "The messages shared through song, Dr. King's speeches, videos and photographs will be 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 ...," "How Long? Not Long," "Maladjusted" and "The Drum Major Instinct."

Music during the event will be provided by the Delong Middle School Orchestra, members of University Lutheran Church and St. James the Greater Catholic Church, the klezmer band Klezmazel, UW-Eau Claire's Black Student Association, Dr. David Jones (UW-Eau Claire professor of English and leader of the band Davey J and the Jones Tones), David Sprick (UW-Eau Claire's police chief) and Dr. Marvin Lynn (UW-Eau Claire associate dean for teacher education, College of Education and Human Sciences).

Event sponsors are University Lutheran Church; St. James the Greater Church; Speed of Sound; Schmitt Music; the city of Eau Claire; the Eau Claire Police Department; Putnam Heights Elementary School; and UW-Eau Claire's Office of Multicultural Affairs, department of history, Black Student Alliance and University Police.

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

UW-Eau Claire will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.



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