MLK noon service to be held in Ruston Civic Center
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The 12th annual Martin Luther King Day Noon Ecumenical Observance will be held Monday, Jan. 20 in the Ruston Civic Center.
Nationally renowned success coach and motivational speaker Steve Birdine will be the keynote speaker. Birdine will address this year’s theme, “Reaffirming the Power of Action.” The office of multicultural affairs at Louisiana Tech sponsors the event.
To exemplify the theme, this year’s event will be preceded by the service-learning project, “A Walk for Education,” led by The National Society of Black Engineers at Louisiana Tech.
“Since education played an important role in the civil rights movement, we’ve added the service-learning project, ‘The Walk for Education,’ to highlight Dr. King’s idea that education was also a civil right,” said Adam Collins, coordinator of multicultural affairs at Tech.
He said volunteers will walk door-to-door in South Ruston communities distributing information packets about area colleges and vocational schools, financial aid and standardized tests such as SAT/ACT.
Collins said the Walk for Education begins at 9 a.m. with a free continental breakfast for participants in Tolliver Hall on Tech’s campus. Campus and community groups are invited take part in this walk.
Collins said the walk will be from 10–11:30 a.m. Walk volunteers will then proceed to the noon ecumenical service.
A free jambalaya lunch will be served.
“Support for this event has grown tremendously and grew out of our first MLK Unity March in 1992,” Collins said. “In 2002, we started the ecumenical service. It grows each year. We are getting both financial and in-kind support from several businesses and organizations.”
Written by Reggie Owens – firstname.lastname@example.org