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January 18 events to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

1/7/2011 —

The public is invited to attend several events designed to celebrate the accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. The events will take place in the Maggie Hardy Magerko Auditorium in the campus’ Community Center. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., dozens of Fayette County’s African-American middle and high school students will be recognized for significant achievement in academic scholarship, community service, athletics and performing arts. Some 200 students, teachers and family members from across the region are expected to attend. The celebration culminates with a multimedia performance entitled “King’s Dream” at noon. Both events are free.

“King’s Dream” is a live ensemble performance and multimedia presentation that pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The show includes images, singers and songs that capture the spirit of the civil rights movement and tells the story of the life and teachings of Dr. King and others who participated in the movement. Through the performance, the story of the turbulent 1960s will be told, from the challenges of Vietnam War and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to the final signing of the Civil Rights Act by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

On the actual Martin Luther King Day holiday, Monday, Jan. 17, Penn State Fayette students (who have a day off from classes) will gather to have a “Day On” to perform community engagement 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 in part by the campus’ Coalition for Equity and the International and Intercultural Programs Office.

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