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January 8, 1999

King celebration opens Jan. 15

by Tracy Griffin, News Service intern

Iowa State and the Ames community will kick off a week-long celebration of late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with a campus march and concert on Friday, Jan. 15.

King was assassinated in 1968 at the age of 39. If he were alive today, he would turn 70 on Jan. 15. The national holiday honoring King is Jan. 18; ISU offices will be closed and no classes will be held that day.

The King celebration will begin with marches on Jan. 15. Two marches will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Design College and Lagomarcino Hall. The marchers will proceed through Marston, Beardshear, Carver, MacKay, Catt and Curtiss halls. Hot drinks will be served in each building.

The marches will end at the Memorial Union Sun Room, where a musical extravaganza will honor King. The ISU Jazz Choir, the New Beginnings Choir and student Edwin Grider will perform. A reception with birthday cake will follow the event.

The keynote address for the King celebration will be given by Dorothy Cotton, former director of student activities at Cornell College, Ithaca. Cotton worked closely with King as education director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference from 1960 to 1972. She served as vice president for field operations for the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change. Cotton's speech, "Lessons Learned from the Past: Visions for the Future," will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in the Memorial Union Sun Room.

Following is a complete listing of King celebration events:

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration
Jan. 15-21, 4-9934

Friday, January 15

Monday, January 18

Tuesday, January 19

Thursday, January 21

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