January 06, 2011

Public invited to commemorate Dr. King’s legacy

The Hamline University community will pay tribute to the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a public commemoration on Tuesday, January 18 at 4 p.m. in Sundin Music Hall (1531 Hewitt Ave., Saint Paul, MN). The event is free and open to everyone.

The annual tribute offers an opportunity to reflect upon, examine, and celebrate Dr. King's life, philosophy, and legacy. This year's program focuses on the 55-year anniversary of Rosa Parks' inspirational act of civil disobedience, the emerging leadership of Dr. King, and the lasting effects of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

“We pause to remember that pivotal year when Mrs. Parks said 'no' to giving up her seat and her dignity, and Dr. King said 'yes' to taking on leadership in the fight for civil rights,” director of Multicultural and International Student Affairs Carlos D. Sneed said. “That year and those moments continue to inspire us today in civil rights and human rights movements around the world."

The event will include music by the Hamline University Gospel Choir, audio and video presentations of Dr. King’s work, and a charge to the university community delivered by undergraduate student, Michael A. Riley (’12), president of the PRIDE Black Student Alliance.

Among the featured speakers, Hamline University President Linda N. Hanson, Professor Alice Moorhead (College of Liberal Arts), Assistant Dean Frank Hernandez (School of Education), Wendy Burns (Student Leadership and Activities), and Darryl Sledge (Undergraduate Admissions).