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Week of festivities planned to honor King


Lectures, entertainment and a fund drive to build a memorial to the late Coretta Scott King are some of the events organized as part of K-State's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Week. The week, Jan. 20-26, is a celebration of the civil rights leader's legacy.

King week events include:

* Jan 21: An 8 a.m. prayer breakfast at the Clarion Hotel, 530 Richards Drive; and music, a job fair and King holiday activities at the Manhattan Town Center, starting at 10 a.m.

* Jan. 22: District Magistrate Judge Tommy B. Webb, Sublette, will present the College of Agriculture's Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Luncheon lecture, "Making a Positive Difference," at 12:30 p.m. in the Cottonwood Room of the K-State Student Union. Also scheduled is a reception for the recipients of the Commerce Bank Presidential Faculty and Staff Award for Distinguished Service to Minority Students and the Commerce Bank Presidential Student Award for Distinguished Services in Enhancing Multiculturalism from 3:30-5 p.m. at the K-State Alumni Center.

* Jan. 23: The civil rights film "February 1: The Story of the Greensboro Four" will be shown at 11:30 a.m. in the Union's Grand Ballroom. Tickets cost $5 in advance and include concession foods. Call 532-6276 for reservations. The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil will be at 7 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. A hot chocolate social will follow at 8:30 p.m.

* Jan. 24: The fundraising campaign, "Bring Forty to Celebrate Dr. King," will commemorate King's visit to K-State 40 years ago. Proceeds will go to build the Coretta Scott King Gardens of Engagement. Donations will be accepted from noon to 5 p.m. outside the Wildcat 91.9 radio studio in the Union.

* Jan. 25: Kevin Burnett, vice president of sales, Lucent Technologies, will present the College of Business Administration Diversity Lecture at 10:30 a.m. in the Union's Forum Hall. Patrons of K-State's commemorative bust of King will meet at 2:30 p.m. in the Alumni Center to discuss plans for the Coretta Scott King Gardens of Engagement. At 3:30 p.m., campus and community members are invited to a wreath-laying ceremony at the commemorative bust, which is on the southeast lawn of Ahearn Field House.

Throughout the week K-State's College of Engineering will display King-themed poster presentations in the Rathbone Hall atrium.