Mines community celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Mines community celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

GOLDEN, Colo., Jan. 12, 2009 – Community members are invited to join Colorado School of Mines students, staff and faculty in celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 19 from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. in the Green Center, 924 16th St., on the Mines campus in Golden.

The event is sponsored by the President’s Diversity Committee, the Office of Student Activities, the Minority Engineering Program and the Office of Human Resources.

“I am struck by the relevance of Dr. King’s message in today’s global society and by the applicability of his message to us at Mines,’” said Mines President M.W. “Bill” Scoggins. “It is fitting we remember the life of this extraordinary leader and reflect on what each of us individually, and this institution collectively, can do to honor his legacy.”

Attendees will enjoy a free meal and presentation by performance artist Richard Hight, who will create an original work of art in tribute to King. Reverb and the Verse, a progressive hip-hop group, will offer stimulating music for citizens and students alike.

Participants will also be invited to sign up for Into the Streets, Mines’ student-organized annual service drive that will take place Jan. 24.

“One of the strengths of our society is that we have developed and perfected volunteerism,” said Alyda Morosco, assistant director of International Student and Scholar Services at Mines. “We all learn how to look outside of ourselves and our own needs when we volunteer to help others.”

“To witness different individuals with unique experiences and perspectives working together to bring a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy to the Mines campus makes me proud,” said Jahi Simbai, lead vocalist of Reverb and the Verse and director of Mines Graduate Recruiting and Admissions.

“Martin Luther King’s birthday is a day of thoughtful celebration, and we look forward to bringing our community together for this occasion,” added Maureen Durkin, director of Policy, Planning and Analysis at the institution.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Student Activities at 303-273-3234.


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