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      Mid-Missouri celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

      Mid-Missourians will be participating in several events Monday to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in celebration of the civil rights leader's birthday.


      Poor Man's Breakfast, St. Luke United Methodist Church8am - 12 Noon

      NAACP Annual Observance, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial11 a.m.Motorcade to Second Missionary Baptist Church

      "Passing on the Dream," Second Missionary Baptist Church7:00 p.m.A candle light walk will start from Frederick Douglass High School at 6:30.

      Westminster College

      Students and faculty at Westminster College will use Monday as a day of service.

      They expect that around 300 students will devote the day assembling planned meals to prevent area schoolchildren from going without food.

      It will also launch a semester-long program to educate on the struggles of displaced persons. Last year, over 300 students filled over 1,000 backpacks, impacting an estimated 4,000 lives.

      William Woods UniversityWeek long of events that are free and open to the public.

      Jan. 21-26Symbolic Expressions of Dr. King's DreamGladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts Corridor GalleryAn art exhibit featuring the work of the late Jane Bierdeman-Fike, faculty, students and the children of Head Start.

      Monday, Jan. 21, 3:30-4:30 p.m."White Americans and the Black Freedom Struggle"Library AuditoriumStephen Hageman, History InstructorThis presentation will explore the important role played by white Americans in the long struggle for African-American freedom, including radical abolitionist John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt and white college students in the 1960s.

      Monday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m.Take it to Church - A Gospel Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Dulany AuditoriumWWU's First Impressions show choir will perform musical numbers from traditional hymns to spirituals and contemporary gospel. First Impressions will be joined by Regina Blanchard, Urban Empowerment Ministries C3 Choir, DaMia Day (youth performer, singer), and Marla Lynn (new solo artist).

      Tuesday, Jan. 22, 3-4 p.m.Civil Rights Trivia and SnacksBurton Business Building, Room 006

      Wednesday, Jan. 23, 3-4:30 p.m.25 Years of Eyes on the Prize: Film and DiscussionDulany AuditoriumStephen HagemanThis event will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the of Eyes on the Prize, the landmark documentary series that tells the definitive story of the civil rights era from the perspective of the men and women whose extraordinary actions launched the Civil Rights Movement. There will be a discussion of the series' impact, as well as a viewing of one of the episodes.

      Thursday, Jan. 24, 1-2 p.m.The Rewards of Living the DreamThurmond ChapelPresented by Gladys Coggswell, a professional storyteller, speaker, author, folklorist and educator from Frankford, Missouri.

      Thursday, Jan. 24, 3-4:30 p.m."King (History Channel)": documentary filmLibrary AuditoriumHISTORY, with newsman Tom Brokaw, takes viewers through the extraordinary life and times of America's civil rights visionary. "King" goes beyond the legend to portray the man, the questions, the myths and, most importantly, the relevance of Dr. King s message in today's world. Includes a rare interview with his son, Martin Luther King III, as well as associates from the civil rights campaigns and contemporary figures such as former President Bill Clinton, Condaleezza Rice, Bono, Forest Whitaker, Chuck D and others.

      Friday, Jan. 25, 3-4 p.m.Painting the Dream: Reflections on Art and InspirationGladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts, Room 118Terry Martin, WWU Professor of ArtThe late Martin Luther King famously dreamed of a day when his "four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." In this presentation, Terry Martin will talk about the artwork of local children who painted their own dreams in honor of Martin Luther King Day. He will also discuss how a friend (the late Jane Bierdeman-Fike) and a visionary (Martin Luther King) have inspired his own values and commitments. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect upon their own cherished ideals and the importance of celebrating diversity.