FAYETTE, Iowa (January 12, 2009) - Upper Iowa University fraternity Beta Phi Omega (BPQ) will again take on the responsibility for planning a Martin Luther King Day celebration on campus. A program is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 19 in the East Cafeteria, beginning at 9:15 p.m.
According to BPQ President David Lynch, the program will consist of a reenactment of Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech given on the mall in Washington, a biographical dramatization of significant events in Dr. King's life, and an explanation of how Dr. King paved the way for new African American leaders, such as President-Elect Barack Obama.
The birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. has been observed as a federal holiday on the third Monday in January since 1986. To recall and celebrate the positive contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week beginning on Feb. 12, 1926. In 1976, as part of the nation's bicentennial, the week was expanded into Black History Month.
The UIU Office of Student Development has also prepared a PowerPoint tribute to Rev. King that will be on continuous play throughout the day in the student commons area.
Any questions regarding the MLK Day plans or other campus events can be directed to Jamie Wildhage, director of student activities at firstname.lastname@example.org or 563-425-5311.
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