Activities planned to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Speeches, multi-cultural participation and presentations by school essay contest winners will highlight the Martin Luther King Jr. observance on the WSU Tri-Cities campus Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Coordinated by the student Multicultural Club, activities begin at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the East Building on the north Richland campus.

Principal remarks will be made by Richland’s Zelma Maine Jackson, chair of the Washington State Commission on African-American Affairs. A Tri-Cities resident for 25 years, Jackson also serves as a volunteer with United Way of Benton and Franklin counties. Her remarks are titled “The Fight for Civil Rights Continues: Extending Civil Rights To All Peoples.” Pasco’s Dallas Barnes, assistant director of student services at the WSU campus, will serve as master of ceremonies.

The evening will include music, works of art and presentations by representatives of the many ethnic and national origin groups in the Tri-Cities.

“We hope to have a broad cross-section of our communities represented,” said Harvey Gover, WSU advisor to the student Multicultural Club. “Our annual celebration of Dr. King’s life and work is always scheduled when students are on campus, thus our program is the day following the holiday observance.”

Winning high school and middle school students who participated in the first Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Competition will read their work during the program.

Refreshments will be served and the public is invited, free of charge.

With the exception of the Consolidated Information Center Libraries, the Washington State University Tri-Cities campus in north Richland will be closed Jan. 16 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

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