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Community Member Says Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Is For Everyone

Community Member Says Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Is For Everyone

January 20, 2004 - According to Andre Shaw, freedom and justice are a "people thing," not just a "black thing." Shaw, along with more than 400 community members from Collin County, attended the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration hosted by Collin County Community College this past week at the Spring Creek Campus in Plano.

Shaw, a Plano resident for 25 years, said that Dr. King's vision applies to everyone. "Dr. King was a great man who died for a great cause. The principles he stood for apply to all people, everywhere," said Shaw.

The MLK 2004 Power Breakfast was sponsored by CCCCD in conjunction with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Breakfast Committee. The day's events included a discussion with panelists answering questions based on quotes from Dr. King. Panel guests included Cary Israel, CCCCD president; Pat Evans, mayor of Plano, Tom Muehlenbeck, Plano city manager; Greg Rushin, Plano Chief of Police; Douglas Otto, Plano ISD superintendent; Judge Ron Harris, Collin County Commissioner's Court; Dr. Mary Sias, UTD senior vice president of student alumni and external relations; Coty Anderson-Rodriguez, LULAC president; and Thomas Tsang. Texas senator Florence Shapiro was also in attendance.

While Shaw attends the MLK celebration every year, this was his friend's first time to participate. Glenn Hall has lived in Plano 10 years and in Collin County all his life. "I'm glad I came with Andre today," said Hall. "I didn't know about it [the breakfast celebration] before, but I think I'll come again."

CCCCD serves close to 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs in a wide range of disciplines. In addition, CCCCD is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.