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Collin Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Vision

January 2, 2006 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision is being celebrated through a number of events in January.

Collin County Community College District (Collin) will host its annual power leadership breakfast in honor of the civil rights leader at 7:45 a.m., Monday, Jan. 16, at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

The breakfast and program are free and open to the public.

This year’s celebration theme at Collin is “Educating All, Embracing the Dream” and the overall theme is “His Vision, Our Mission.”

The breakfast will feature community leaders answering questions from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast committee.

The panelists will include: Florence Shapiro, Texas state senator; Pat Evans, Plano mayor; Ron Harris, Collin County judge; Duncan Webb, Plano Independent School District board president; John A. Roach Sr., district attorney; Stacy Arias, Collin board trustee; and Harry LaRosiliere, Plano city councilman.

“The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Power Leadership Breakfast has become a wonderful event for all of our citizens and leaders to honor this great man through his ideas and principles by educating all and embracing the dream,” Evelyn McKnight, co-chair of the breakfast committee, said of the event.

In addition, the breakfast will undergo a change of format as “table captains” will help facilitate discussion among the attendees. Captains will be elected officials and community leaders including Dr. Douglas Otto, Plano Independent School District superintendent; Tom Muehlenbeck, Plano city manager; and Greg Rushin, Plano police chief.

The breakfast will be followed by the annual Teen Extravaganza at 10:30 a.m. in the John Anthony Theatre on the Spring Creek Campus.

Breakfast Committee Co-Chair Steve Hardy said the event is an excellent opportunity for the community and its leaders to unite and discuss issues.

“The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Power Leadership Breakfast is a great event to honor the memory and ideals of a great leader in a forum that allows us to hear from our elected officials and to learn from each other,” Hardy, the college’s continuing education associate vice president, said.

Other Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2006 celebration events include:

Saturday, Jan. 14
• Parade in downtown Plano – 10 a.m.
• City hall program and Health Fair – 11 a.m.

Sunday, Jan. 15
• A Sunday evening program featuring the MLK All-Community Choir – 7 p.m. – First United Methodist Church, 3160 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

For more information, visit www.planomlk.org or contact Earl Simpkins at 972.422.0012.

Collin County Community College District (Collin) serves more than 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.