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Collin College Partners With Community To Celebrate MLK Day

Jan. 8, 2014 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. served as a human anchor for a movement that forever changed the way the U.S. views racial diversity and equality. Annually, Collin College students, staff and faculty partner with the local community to celebrate the life of this prominent civil rights leader through a variety of activities and performances.

The 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Power Leadership Breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Spring Creek Campus Living Legends Conference Center (2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano) and will include breakfast, a student presentation and round-table and question-and-answer discussions with local political leaders, followed by a community health fair.

Evelyn McKnight, co-chair of the breakfast, said Dr. King, whose work ultimately led to the Civil Rights Act, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, fought for the rights of all people, not solely African Americans.

“He paved the way for the rights of all mankind,” McKnight said. “People need to remember what a great humanitarian he was, and we should all try to live out the things he believed in.”

The breakfast is free and does not require an RSVP. However, attendees are encouraged to arrive early, as food and seating are first come, first serve. Local political leaders will be available for a round-table discussion followed by a question-and-answer session.

Sponsored by the Center for Scholarly and Civic engagement, the student portion of the morning will involve a short documentary and presentation in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the ideals and equality of justice. The community health fair will follow the breakfast and will be located in the Spring Creek Campus atrium.

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