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CCCCD Honors MLK's Vision

CCCCD HONORS MLK’S VISION

January 3, 2005 – Collin County Community College District (CCCCD) is making Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision its mission.

CCCCD is hosting its annual power breakfast in honor of the slain civil rights leader at 7:45 a.m., Monday, Jan. 17, at the Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. Following the breakfast will be a youth leadership forum. The forum will include students from local high schools discussing issues of youth today.

This year’s MLK 2005 celebration theme at CCCCD is “Coming Together, Equality for All” and the overall theme is “His Vision, Our Mission.”

Everyone is invited to the breakfast which will feature a panel of community leaders answering questions from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast committee and from the public.

The panel will include: Florence Shapiro, Texas state senator; Pat Evans, Plano mayor; Ron Harris, Collin County judge; Dr. Douglas Otto, Plano Independent School District superintendent; Dr. Franklyn Jenifer, The University of Texas at Dallas president; Cary Israel, CCCCD president; Tom Muehlenbeck, Plano city manager; Greg Rushin, Plano police chief; David Perry, former Plano city councilman; Mary Alice Garza, Plano business owner and League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) activist; and George Wong, Allied Data Resources owner.

“We always want to raise the bar from the previous year,” Evelyn McKnight, co-chair of the breakfast committee, said of the event. “Basically, we want this to be a significant learning process about what Dr. King’s ideas were and incorporate them into our everyday lives. We are trying to make people realize that Martin Luther King Jr. fought for the equality of all people.”

Breakfast Committee Co-Chair Steve Hardy said the event is an excellent opportunity for the community and its leaders to unite and discuss issues. “It’s an opportunity to come together in honor and in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” Hardy, CCCCD’s executive director of continuing education, said. “The whole endeavor is an opportunity to educate and enlighten people with knowledge, and knowledge is power.”

Other MLK 2005 celebration events include:

Saturday, Jan. 15

• Parade in downtown Plano – 10 a.m.

• City hall program and Health Fair – 11 a.m.

• Free lunch at the Douglass Center - noon

Sunday, Jan. 16

• “An Evening Celebration” – 7 p.m. – Custer Road United Methodist Church, 6601 Custer Road.

Thursday, Jan. 20

• Plano ISD Program – 7 p.m. – Plano Centre, 2000 E. Spring Creek Pkwy.

All activities are free and open to the public and will feature student art exhibits. For more information, visit www.planomlk.org or contact Earl Simpkins at 972.422.0012.

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