Adams State Martin Luther King Jr. Week features Reverend Kyles


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Rev. Kyles points from the spot of King's assassination to the assassin's location.

Reverend Samuel Kyles was on the balcony with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when King was assassinated. Kyles is the featured speaker at the 2011 Adams State College's celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Week, January 17 through January 21. Kyles will speak about his experience at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, in Richardson Hall Auditorium.

A variety of King-themed events are scheduled throughout the week including a day of service, several guest speakers, and other activities. All events are free and open to the public.

The Circle K Day of Service will kick off the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Week on January 17. Service projects will take place at Tu Casa domestic violence shelter, the Community Gardens, the Gingerbread House, and the Animal Shelter, from noon until 4 p.m.

On Tuesday, Jan. 18, the Center for Equity in Learning and Teaching will host "Talking about Fairness and Justice" at 4:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building room A131. And at 7 p.m. in Carson Auditorium, the powerful documentary "Witness: A View From Room 306" will be shown, which details the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike and Dr. King's last days.

A noontime lecture on Wednesday, Jan. 19, with Dr. Crowther meets in Porter Hall room 130. The lecture is entitled "The Dangerous Road to Jericho." Free pizza will be provided.

Thursday, the Reverend Samuel Kyles, a witness to King's murder featured in "Witness," speaks at 7 p.m. in Richardson Hall Auditorium. Kyles, a civil rights activist was an organizer of the Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike.

The Adams State Women's and Men's Basketball Teams will show their support of King during their basketball games at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. (respectively) Friday, Jan.21, in Plachy Hall. Music from the 60s will be played throughout the games, and the players will wear King-themed shirts.

Throughout the week, campus food provider Sodexo will provide its customers with a menu of soul food, cost of the meal is approximately $8.