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ASU West reenacts MLK ‘I Have a Dream’ speech

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Posted: Sunday, January 16, 2011 9:00 am

A 20-year tradition at Arizona State University’s West campus will continue at 11 a.m. Wednesday as Charles St. Clair reenacts Martin Luther King, Jr.’s most famous speech.

The public is invited to attend this and two other free events as part of the campus’s annual celebration of King’s legacy and the civil rights movement.

St. Clair, a faculty member in ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, is the newly announced recipient of the 2011 Promoting Inclusiveness Award from the city of Glendale.

The annual award is designed to recognize those who “go beyond the scope of their jobs to promote inclusiveness in their actions, and exhibit qualities that are consistent with the ideals advocated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” He will receive recognition today during the 2011 Unity Day Luncheon at the Glendale Civic Center.

More than 1,000 students from 11 local elementary and middle schools will come to campus Wednesday morning to reenact the 1963 March on Washington, which provided the setting for King’s speech.

The event also will feature performances by the musical group Elevated Unda’Ground.

On Thursday the celebration continues with the screening of “Mountains That Take Wings: Angela Davis and Yuri Kochiyama – A Conversation on Life, Struggles and Liberation.” This film was produced and directed by ASU professors Crystal Griffith and Helen Quan. The screening, at 5 p.m. in the Kiva Lecture Hall, will be preceded by a reception at 4:30 and followed by a question-and-answer session.

MLK Week activities wrap up Jan. 21, with the Poetry Jam. Sponsored by the Black Graduate Student Association, this event features the theme “The Evolution of his Dream…in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” The Poetry Jam is at 7 p.m. in the Kiva.

For information, call 602-543-5300.

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