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January 20 event to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

Shindana Cooper
1/5/2009 —
A special Martin Luther King Jr. observance featuring acclaimed storyteller and poet Shindana Cooper will take place Jan. 20 at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. The celebration—free and open to the public—begins at 11:30 a.m. in Swimmer Hall in the Williams Building.

Cooper, a professional storyteller in the centuries old tradition of the African Griot, will speak at the Fayette campus about Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and the importance of leadership in the 21st century. Cooper has been the featured artist at Baltimore’s AFRAM Expo, Baltimore’s Artscape Celebration and The National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice. She produced her own radio program, “Keepers of the Culture,” for WCCN in Baltimore and hosted her own television special, “Stories From ‘Round The World.” Cooper is a member of The National Association of Storytellers, The African Heritage Education and Research Institute, and the American Library Association.

In addition to observing the work and legacy of Dr. King, the Jan. 20 program will recognize dozens of Fayette County’s African-American students for significant achievement in academic scholarship, community service, athletics and performing arts.

On the actual Martin Luther King Day holiday date, Jan. 19, Penn State Fayette students (who have a day off from classes) will gather to have a “Day On” to perform community service with fellow students from the Penn State Beaver, Dubois, Greater Allegheny, New Kensington and Shenango campuses.

The Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Penn State Fayette is sponsored by the campus’ Diversity Task Force.

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