News Release 08-074-D
UCC sets Martin Luther King displays for students and the wider community
News Release 08-074-D For more information:
Release date: 01/14/09 Bentley Gilbert
For immediate release (541) 440-7747
Winchester— Beginning Thursday, January 15, through the week of Monday, January 19, Umpqua Community College will showcase several displays reminding students and staff and the Douglas County committee at large of the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The College’s celebration will begin with a birthday celebration for its students in the Student Support Services/Transfer Opportunity Programs of cake and a video at noon.
King was born on January 15, 1929. This year his birthday is celebrated nationwide on Monday, January 19. An ordained minister, he led the civil rights movement in the United States from the mid-50s until he was killed by an assassin’s bullet in April 1968. In 1964, he was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
King said it was essential that the civil rights movement not sink to the level of some of those who opposed them: “We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and respect.”
In a display prominent in the Campus Center and on its web site (www.umpqua.edu), the College will feature a PowerPoint presentation of some 60 slides where visitors can learn the high points of King’s life and achievements and the history that surrounded them. His “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered in front of about 250,000 from the steps of the Lincoln memorial in Washington, D.C., will be “streamed” from the Campus Center. Also on display will be other books and videos about the U.S. civil rights movement.
For more information about these activities on the UCC campus, contact Marjan Coester, director for student life, at 541.440.7749.