The city of Hays will join with Fort Hays State University and Ellis County in an event on Jan. 21 to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The celebration luncheon, for "I Have a Dream …" Recognition Day, will be held at the FHSU Memorial Union Ballroom from noon to 1 p.m. on Jan. 21. A lunch buffet will be available at 11:30 a.m. Purchase tickets through your local Hays Dillion's Store or from Sonia Esquivel (OMA) or Dr. Neil Patrick (Agriculture) for $8.00.
The purpose of the event is to remember the legacy of King and, more importantly, to discuss the role our community can play in advancing a new dialogue of acceptance. The featured Speaker will be Dr. James Boyer, Professor - Emeritus, Curriculum & American Ethnic Studies, Kansas State University. Special gospel music will be provided by Crossroads.
King was one of this nation's most celebrated and successful civil rights leaders, employing passive resistance to achieve unprecedented social change without the use of violence. He was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta and attended Morehouse College there. He was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1954, and on Dec. 1, 1955, he captured the attention of the nation by leading a boycott in Montgomery, AL, to force desegregation of that city's buses. In 1957, he founded and was named president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. On Aug. 28, 1963, he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech during "The March on Washington." He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. King was slain in Memphis, TN, by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968.
Monday will be a normal workday for city and county employees, but city and county officials decided to organize the luncheon in recognition of the great contribution Martin Luther King made to America.
The Kansas Board of Regents adopted a recommendation of its Council of Presidents in 1987 to recognize Martin Luther King Day as an official academic holiday. Accordingly, Fort Hays State University will observe Martin Luther King Day this year on Jan. 21. There will be no classes and the campus will be closed.
Please call the City Manager's Office at 628-7320 for a list of committee members or for further information.