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Valley Honoring MLK Jr. with Events

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A number of celebrations are going on today and this week in the valley, in honor of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Fargo Human Relations Commission will host a celebration in honor of King on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway. The event is free and open to the public.

The 14th annual event will feature the Native American Hand Drum Honor Song and performances by local musicians, the concert choir from Oak Grove High School, Atmosphere, video presentations created by the People's Press Project, and the Fargo Human Relations Award presentations by Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker.

The Fargo Human Relations Award will be presented to a youth and adult and an organization that have made significant contributions to the area of human relations in the FM community.

Each award recipient's accomplishments will be highlighted in a video presentation. Those attending this event are invited to stay and view the showing "Koran by Heart" presented by the North Dakota State University Library System.

The North Dakota State University campus community will have an opportunity to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and lend a hand at local nonprofits at a pair of events scheduled for Monday, January 20, and Tuesday, January 21. A celebration of King's life and legacy is slated for noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the NDSU Memorial Union Hidatsa room.

The event, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Programs <http://www.ndsu.edu/multicultural/> and Compass Program Foundation <http://www.ndsu.edu/wellness/compass_program_foundation/>, will feature readings from King's "Letter From Birmingham Jail," and musical and spoken-word performances.

The NDSU Volunteer Network also will host the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Service Plunge <http://www.ndsu.edu/mu/programs/volunteer_network/service_plunge/> on Monday to give students the opportunity to turn a day off from school into a day of service. Students who participate can volunteer individually or in groups at various nonprofit agencies throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area.

The Plains Art Museum is hosting "Friendship Day: A Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration" on Monday from 1 to 4 p.m. The afternoon of fun, family friendly events includes the making and sharing of friendship bracelets (coordinated with CHARISM), a community weaving project, drawing and writing in the galleries, children's story time (1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.), and live jazz by the Ben Ranson Band (2:15 p.m.)

More: http://plainsart.org/visit/public-programs/friendship-day-a-martin-luther-king-jr-celebration/ 

UND Multicultural Student Services and University of Minnesota, Crookston are hosting a  community-wide celebration. UND MSS and UMC have planned a full day of free programming and activities that are open to the public.

In Grand Forks:

11 a.m. - Unity Walk from Central High School (115 N 4th St.) to the Empire Arts Center (415 Demers Ave.)11:30 a.m. - Celebration Program "The Faces of Civil rights: It isn't just a Black Thing" - Empire Arts Center (Featuring the Northstar Council, Red River High School Building Bridges, Central High School Art Display, Spoken Word, and Diversity Award, UMC Choir, UMC Black Student Association)12:30 p.m. - Social - Empire Arts Center1:30 p.m. - UND Student Senate and the North Dakota Student Association - Empire Arts Center.

In Crookston:  

2:30 p.m. - University of Minnesota Crookston Service Project at North Country Food Bank (424 N Broadway)7 p.m. - Presentation: "The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement," a book written by Taylor Branch - reception and book-signing in Kiehle (2900 University Avenue) Rotunda after presentation.

 

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