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Dunn keynotes MLK Multicultural Celebration

Jan. 16, 2008

KALAMAZOO--The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural Celebration is a communitywide event in Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20. The program is free of charge and features a wide range of entertainment and thoughtful remarks on King's life and legacy.

The celebration will include a keynote speech by WMU President John M. Dunn and remarks by Elder George Moore Sr., vice president of the Northside Ministerial Alliance, Bobby Hopewell, mayor of Kalamazoo and Kalamazoo College President Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, among others.

Entertainment will include performances by the Winchell Elementary School Choir, Voices of Western Michigan University, the 100-voice Dr. Martin Luther King Community Choir, the theatrical troupe Washington Productions, and dance presentations by Ebony Vision and Ujima Afrikan Dance Troupe.

The theme for this year's activities honoring King on the WMU campus and around the Kalamazoo community is "What King Wrought--Stand Up for Justice, Stand Up for Truth." This year's MLK Multicultural Celebration comes the day before Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 21, when all WMU offices will be closed.

Several MLK observances also are planned on the national holiday. All activities honoring King are sponsored by WMU, the Northside Ministerial Alliance, the city of Kalamazoo and Kalamazoo College. More information is available online at www.wmich.edu/mlk/events.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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