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Maryville hosts Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Jan. 21-24

on January 13, 2013 by Janet Edwards

Maryville University is hosting a Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration from Jan. 21-24. The public is invited to attend these events.

“Letter from the Birmingham Jail” 50th Anniversary Commemoration – On April 16, 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote a response to an article, written by eight of the most influential white clergymen of the 1960s, criticizing and condemning him for protesting the injustices that existed in the South at that time. Join us for a reading of this pivotal letter by current Maryville University students. This reading is on Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 12:15 p.m. -1 p.m. in Huttig Chapel, with a reception immediately following.

Keeping the Dream Alive through Service The Office of Multicultural Programs has teamed up with Basket of Hope to further their mission of providingnewly diagnosed children and their families affected by cancer or other serious illnesses, primarily by the delivery of a Basket of Hope filled with inspirational materials to nourish them mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.” We will be accepting toy donations at the time and location listed below (DVDs, coloring books and other toys for children ages 0 – 19 are needed. Please, no stuffed animals or used toys. This event is Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in 107 Donius University Center.

Picture1Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” – Reflections with Diane Nash Ms. Diane Nash became involved in the nonviolent movement in 1959 while a student at Fisk University. In 1961 she coordinated the Freedom Ride from Birmingham, Ala., to Jackson, Miss. Nash will share her reflections on Dr. King’s letter and the Civil Rights movement. This talk is Thursday, Jan. 24 from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Maryville University Auditorium, with a reception immediately following.

For information on these events, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Programs,  contact Christie Cruise-Harper, PhD, at or 314.529.9684.

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