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Inside Iowa State
Jan. 9, 1998

King observance opens Jan. 15

by Tracy Griffin, News Service intern

Iowa State and the Ames community will remember Martin Luther King Jr. through several events scheduled in honor of the civil rights leader, Jan. 15-27.

King was assassinated in 1968 at the age of 39. His birthday was Jan. 15 and the national holiday honoring King is Monday, Jan. 19. University offices will be closed and no classes will be held that day.

The King celebration will begin with "Keeping the Dream on Track," a city-wide, interfaith service on Thursday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Ames City Auditorium, 515 Clark Ave.

A musical extravaganza to honor King will begin at noon Friday, Jan. 16, in the Memorial Union South Ballroom. Among the groups performing are the Big 8 Gospel Singers and the Dance Ministry of Praise. President Martin Jischke and Vice President for Student Affairs Tom Hill will speak at the event. A cake reception will follow.

"The Urban Bush Women," a visiting company of African American artists, will pay musical tribute to King at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, in the Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Ave. The performers, who are in town for a concert at Stephens the following evening, will join the audience for birthday cake after their Monday concert.

The annual "Let Freedom Ring" carillon concert will be Tuesday, Jan. 20, on central campus. Carilloneur Tin-Shi Tam will begin playing at 11:50 a.m.

The King celebration's keynote address will be given by Patricia Russell-McCloud, president of The Links Inc., a national community service organization. Russell-McCloud's address, "Where Do We Go From Here?" will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Russell- McCloud was an attorney with the Federal Communications Commission for 10 years.

Director John Singleton's film, Rosewood, will be shown at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, in the Memorial Union Pioneer Room. Rosewood is a true story about a small Florida town that was destroyed in 1923 over race issues.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Lectures Program, 4-9934.

Schedule of events

Thursday, January 15

Friday, January 16

Monday, January 19

Tuesday, January 20

Thursday, January 22

Tuesday, January 27

"All life is interrelated. Whatever affects one individual, whatever affects one nation directly affects other individuals and other nations indirectly. We are all tied in a single garment of destiny. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality and therefore, we must live together. So long as there is poverty in the world, no individual can truly be rich, even if he has a billion dollars. So long as diseases are rampant and millions of people cannot expect to live more than 28 or 30 years, no man can be totally healthy, even if he just got a checkup from Mayo Clinic. Strangely enough, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the way life is made. This is the way the universe is made."

Martin Luther King Jr.,
in a speech at Iowa State University,
Jan. 22, 1960

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