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UC Riverside To Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday

University Librarian Ruth Jackson to Address the 21st Century Challenges facing African Americans

(January 6, 2003)

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UC Riverside University Librarian Ruth Jackson

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Jan 6, 2002 — The University of California, Riverside will Celebrate the Birth of civil rights leader, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., beginning at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 15 with a candlelight vigil, music, poetry and speakers. The event is free and open to the public but parking is $5 per vehicle in Lot 6.

The celebration begins with a candlelight vigil at the UC Riverside bell tower. The Carillon will chime “Amazing Grace” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

Speakers follow at 6:30 p.m. in the Watson Hall recital hall with UC Riverside Head Librarian, Ruth Jackson, giving the keynote address titled: “African Americans: Challenges in the 21st Century.” Jackson was the first African-American, and the fourth woman, to lead the UC Riverside Libraries when she arrived on Nov. 4. She is one of a very small number of women of color who hold either directorships or assistant directorships in the elite Association of Research Libraries.

Student speakers will represent UC Riverside, Riverside Community College, and Martin Luther King Jr. High School. Yesha Lois Bryant will sing, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Ga., the first of four children born to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King. An eloquent Baptist minister, King Jr. went on to lead the civil rights movements in the United States from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968 in Memphis, Tenn. He was a key organizer for the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the year he received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Campus sponsors of the celebration include African Student Programs, the Center for Ideas and Society, the Department of Ethnic Studies, the Pan African Theme Hall, African Americans United in Science, African Student Alliance, and the National Society of Black Engineers.

Contact African Student Programs at (909) 787-4576 for more details about the celebration.

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