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Jan. 12, 2009
Northwest's Office of Intercultural Affairs will host a series of events in celebration of the life and legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. beginning Monday Jan. 19, the national holiday marking King's birth.
No classes will be held and University offices will close Monday in observance of King Day. King-related activities and discussions on the 19th will take place from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the third floor of the J.W. Jones Student Union.
"Obviously, this is a special Martin Luther King Day celebration as we also mark the inauguration of the nation's first African-American president," said Ame Lambert, director of Intercultural Affairs. "It is a perfect opportunity to celebrate, reflect and be renewed in our commitment to equity and social justice for all."
Other events scheduled for the week include:
Tuesday, Jan. 20
Wednesday, Jan. 21
Thursday, Jan. 22
Friday, Jan. 23
King, who was born on Jan. 15, 1929, and whose observed birthday is a national holiday, was one of the main leaders of the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s. A Baptist minister, he is remembered for leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott and helping found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
These efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech, which dramatically raised public consciousness about civil rights and established King as a world figure. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn.
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