UND part of first communitywide MLK Day celebration Monday


Kate Menzies

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UND part of first communitywide MLK Day celebration Monday

UND and the University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC), in concert with other area organizations, will stage the first-ever community-wide Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in Grand Forks, Monday, Jan. 21, at the Empire Arts Center.

The event is made possible thanks to the contributions made by UND, in partnership with Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center on the UND campus, UMC's Office of Diversity & Multicultural Programs, UMC's Black Student Association, UND's Black Student Association, Northstar Council, Maurice's, UND Office of University Relations, Ground Round, Sears Auto Body, Sam's Club, Buffalo Wild Wings, BeautiControl SpaEscapes, Rhombus Guys, Ruby Tuesday's, Texas Roadhouse, Olive Garden, UND African Student Union, Grand Forks Herald, U.S. Food Service and several Service Clubs in and around the Grand Cities.

The event is themed "Team Work Makes the Dream Work." The celebration will be held to celebrate and commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.

Unity walk and art

The day will kick off with a Unity Walk, starting at 11 a.m., at Grand Forks Central High School, 115 N. Fourth St., and ending at the Empire Arts Center. Following will be the Martin Luther King Jr. program, which will be performed at noon. A community social with refreshments will be held at 1 p.m.

As part of this special day in remembrance of Martin Luther King, the UND Arts Collections at the Empire will feature African American art and artists, including works by Sam Gilliam, Mary T. Smith, Richard Hunt, Amos Kennedy Jr., and Ben Shahn, whose pieces reflect on the lives of three slain civil rights workers.

Martin Luther King Day is a national holiday, signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. It is celebrated every year on the third Monday of January to honor Martin Luther King Junior's birthday, which is actually on Jan. 15. This holiday was first observed in 1986 and was not observed in all states until 2000.

Kate Menzies

University Relations student writer

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