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UCR Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr.

UC Riverside Honors The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Candlelight Vigil, Music, Speeches to Celebrate Birth and Life of Civil Rights Leader

(December 20, 2004)

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — — A candlelight vigil, African dancing, gospel singers and speeches about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that will highlight a celebration of his life and accomplishments are scheduled for 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 12, at the University of California, Riverside. UCR African Student Programs sponsors the free, public events.

Maps and directions to campus are available at the UCR campus map Web site or at UCR information kiosks at the University Avenue and the Canyon Crest Drive campus entrances. Parking on campus costs $5 per vehicle. Visitors are asked to park in Lot 6. For information, call UCR African Student Programs at (951) 827-4576.

The celebration, which observes the birthday of the dynamic civil rights leader, will begin with a 6 p.m. candlelight vigil at the Bell Tower, including a brief musical presentation of “Amazing Grace” and “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” by David Christensen on UCR's 48-bell carillon.

The event will continue at 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins 1000 Recital Hall. It will open with an African welcome dance by Lori Parker-Hayes, founder of the We the People Cultural Dance Troupe. The dance company has participated in this celebration for the past four years. We The People intend to convey the unity that all cultures share in drumming and dance.

UCR Sociology Professor Scott Brooks will give a keynote address. Dr. Brooks joined UCR this July from Haverford College, Penn. His research interests include urban sociology, race and ethnicity, qualitative methods, popular culture, and the sociology of sport.

The Rev. James Baylark, President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s Riverside Branch, will give a special presentation on the history of the SCLC. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s son installed Baylark.

UCR student leaders and Riverside’s Martin Luther King, Jr. High School students will also give presentations. Corona’s Faith Fellowship Bible Church Choir will perform Songs of Praise.

ASP will also be co-sponsoring the Dr. King Walkathon on Friday, Jan. 17. The event is sponsored in conjunction with Riverside Black History Committee.

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 assassination April 4, 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.

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