Martin Luther King, Jr., Day events at Adams State College


Adams State College is hosting a variety of events to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., Day on January 21. The Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Celebration series is sponsored by the Cross-Cultural Center, President David Svaldi, Ken Marquez, dean of students, the Grizzly Activity Board, New Student Orientation, First-Year Interest Groups, First Year Experience & Engagement, and Associated Students & Faculty (AS&F).

The variety of events starts with a one-woman theater production, "I Question America," at 1 p.m. in the Adams State Theatre Building. The play depicts the life and times of Fannie Lou Hamer, a prominent woman of the Civil Rights Movement. Her infamous speech to the Halls of Congress assisted in getting the Voting Rights Act, Equal Employment and Federal Housing laws passed.

A lecture by Dr. Clenora Hudson-Weems begins at 4 p.m. in Carson Auditorium. Hudson-Weems, a current professor of English at University of Missouri-Columbia, will discuss, what she calls, "the father (Dr. King), mother (Rosa Parks), and son (Emmitt Till)" of the Civil Rights Movement.

All AS&F attendees to the Hudson-Weems lecture will receive a guest pass to the soul food dinner from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the La Mesa Dining Hall. Cost for community is approximately $7. The menu will include southern fried chicken, fried catfish, grilled pork chops, collard greens, macaroni & cheese, corn bread, fried okra, and mashed potatoes & gravy.

A vigil for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., completes the day's activities. The vigil starts at 8 p.m. in Carson Auditorium. Listen and watch King's most famous speeches, participate in a discussion about King and his legacy, and support his memory with a candlelight vigil. Dr. Edward Crowther, chair of the history, government, and philosophy department, will guide the discussions.

All events are open to the public. The performance, lecture and vigil are free and there is an approximate $7 charge for the dinner. For more information contact the Adams State Student Life at 719-587-8191.

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By Linda Relyea