FHSU gears up to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Four days of activities have been planned in celebration of Martin Luther King Day on Monday, Jan. 17.

The schedule of activities :

-- Friday, Jan. 14: "Jazz and Java," featuring Brad Dawson and Company, 6-7 p.m. at the Hays Public Library. Light refreshments will be provided.

-- Saturday, Jan. 15: "Film Fest," from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Hays Public Library.

-- Sunday, Jan. 16: "Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service," in the Schenk Building at the Ellis County Fairgrounds. The service is to be conducted by Rev. Armogen Walker and will feature the Nicodemus Choir.

Angela Bates, of Ernestine's BBQ in Nicodemus, is catering the dinner following the service. Free tickets for the dinner are available at Forsyth Library on the FHSU campus, the Hays Public Library, the main Hays branches of Commerce and Emprise banks, the Hays city clerk's office, and the Ellis County clerk's office. The free tickets will be used to make sure enough food is prepared for attendees. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

-- Monday, Jan. 17: "Martin Luther King Jr. Vigil and Performance," on the FHSU campus. The vigil walk begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Memorial Union followed by a performance at the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center in Sheridan Hall. Joyful Noise from Holy Family Elementary, The Singing Irish Falcons, Victoria High School Girls Ensemble, and the Fort Hays State Singers will perform.

In addition, King's "Letter from Birmingham" will be read. The letter was written by King when he was jailed in Birmingham, AL, and was a response to some of his fellow clergy who were urging him to stop his nonviolent protest activities.

The activities are being sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee. For more information, contact Micki Armstrong at 628-5369 or marmstrong@fhsu.edu.

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