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Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Jan. 12 at UCR

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Jan. 12 at UCR

(December 23, 1999)

A candlelight vigil, gospel singers, presentations by college students, and a keynote address by a Riverside pastor will highlight a celebration of the life and accomplishments of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Wednesday, Jan. 12, at the University of California, Riverside.

The annual event observing the birthday of the slain civil rights leader is presented by UCR African Student Programs and is open to the public free of charge. It will begin with 6 p.m. candlelight vigil at the Bell Tower, including a brief musical presentation by David Christensen on UCR's 48-bell carillon.

The celebration will continue at 6:30 p.m. in Watkins 1000 with gospel singing, a performance by Anna Scott, a UCR acting assistant professor of dance, and tributes by students from the UCR student organizations African Student Alliance and In the Name of Christ. A keynote address will be given by Pastor Jesse Wall of St. James Church of God and Christ. The Rev. King, born on Jan. 15, 1929, was an eloquent Baptist minister who led the civil rights movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968. He was a key organizer for the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the same year he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He was assassinated April 4, 1968.

The celebration is co-sponsored by UCR African Student Programs, the Center for Ideas and Society, Associated Students Program Board, Department of Ethnic Studies, Office of Campus Relations, Office of Governmental and Community Relations, Pan African Theme Hall, and African Student Alliance.

For more information on the UCR celebration of King's life, call African Student Programs at (909) 787-4576.

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