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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Jan. 15, 2010

Northwest commemorating Martin Luther King Day

Maryville, Mo. - Northwest's Office of Intercultural Affairs will host a series of discussions on Monday, Jan. 18 to mark the national holiday honoring the birth of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

There will be no classes on Monday, and university offices will close in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

Beginning at 10 a.m. Monday in the J.W. Jones Student Union Living Room, students at the Intercultural Affairs office will be compiling care packages for area shelters. Students also be watching the documentary "A Great And Mighty Walk," which chronicles the life and times of the African-American historian, scholar and activist John Henrik Clarke.

At 11:15 a.m., in the Student Union Ballroom, the students will lead discussions covering four topics - the academic achievement gap; sustainability; religion, radicalism and security; and poverty. Students will then brainstorm innovative solutions for each issue.

Although King was born on Jan. 15, 1929, his birthday has been observed as a national holiday on the third Monday of each January since 1986.

King was a Baptist minister who helped lead the American civil rights movement during the 1950s and '60s. He is remembered for leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott and helping found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

King's efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where he 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.

For more information about the Martin Luther King Day events, contact Ame Lambert, director of intercultural affairs, at 660.562.1517 or .

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468