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MLK 'Day of NonViolence' Events Scheduled

January 6, 2009 - In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired a nation and countless generations with his "I Have a Dream" speech.

Collin College and Plano Community Forum are partnering to celebrate Dr. King's dream and passion for peace and understanding during a series of events in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"Dr. King preached nonviolence to all of us, but as I look around, there is still violence," Dr. Cary Israel, Collin College president, said. "Prejudice and hatred should lessen in an enlightened society, and the only way to obtain an enlightened society is through education and discussion. It is good to get together and talk. We can all learn from each other."

Evelyn McKnight, co-chair of the MLK Celebration Committee, said this year's slate of events are a perfect opportunity to achieve the enlightened society Dr. Israel mentioned.

"Participation and diversity in honoring this great American hero is a key element to this year's program at Collin College," she said.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day events, which are free and open to the public, include:

  • Individuals, organizations, churches, businesses, schools and other groups are invited to join in the Unity Walk for a Day of Nonviolence, Saturday, Jan. 17. Assemblage begins at 8 a.m. at the parking lot of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 920 14th St., in Plano. The walk starts promptly at 10 a.m. and ends at Plano City Hall where a presentation will take place.
  • The annual Power Leadership Breakfast begins with breakfast at 7 a.m., Monday, Jan. 19, at the Collin College Spring Creek Campus Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway, in Plano. The program starts promptly at 8 a.m. and adds a new twist this year with the introduction of a power blog to the panel presentation. The power blog will include individuals at Collin College and community colleges across the nation sharing ideas, thoughts and stories as a means to creating a flow of dialogue and voice concerns, hopes and tidbits of inspiration. Members of the community are invited to participate in the blog by logging onto during the program.
  • A Community Art Contest will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Plano City Hall.

"We are so proud to keep Dr. King's vision and dream alive," said Vernon Hadnot, co-chair of the Plano Community Forum/Collin College MLK Breakfast committee. "Through the blogging format, we are able to share the feelings of people in our community and other communities and be reminded that the dream is alive around the nation."

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