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Honoring the Dream Program Celebrates Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. at the U of M, Crookston on Thursday, January 15, 2009, beginning at Noon
January 9, 2009

Contact: Thomas Williams, director of diversity and multicultural services, 218-281-8580 ( Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

The life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be the focus of a presentation on Thursday, January 15, 2009, at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The presentation, entitled Honoring the Dream, will be held in Kiehle Auditorium beginning at noon. It is free and the public is welcome.

Under the direction of Thomas Williams, director of diversity and multicultural services, the program will feature the highlights of King’s life. Following the presentation there will be time for questions and conversation regarding the influence of Dr. King and the civil rights movement.

King dedicated himself to work as the spokesperson for the nonviolent civil rights movement. He was assassinated in 1968, and a day commemorating his legacy is held the third Monday of January each year. The observance was first held in January 1986, after being signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, but it wasn’t until 2006 that the holiday became official in all 50 states.

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