Seventh Annual Unity Luncheon to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

The Multicultural Affairs Center will be sponsoring several activities to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

“MLK: The Man, the Movement, the Legacy,” the Unity Program, will kick off the events at 3 p.m. Jan. 15 in Baldwin Auditorium. This program will reflect on King’s tireless work for justice and encourage participants to strive for goodwill toward all humankind.

Truman will host the seventh annual Unity Luncheon in honor of King at 11:45 a.m. Jan. 17 in the Student Union Building Lounge on the Truman campus.

The centerpiece of the luncheon will be 20 minutes of black music and poetry presented in a cabaret setting. Jazz flutist Galen and his quartet will perform. Galen, originally from Montclair, N.J., is a major entertainment figure on college and university campuses across the nation. He has performed both domestically and internationally for more than 30 years.

Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon costs $7.50 per person for general admission. Truman students who have a meal plan may attend for $3.50 and one meal block. R.S.V.P. by 5 p.m. Jan. 12 to the Truman State University Public Relations Office at 785.4016. The Martin Luther King Jr. Statewide Commission, Multicultural Affairs Center at Truman, Student Senate and Sodexho are providing financial assistance for the luncheon.

The events continue with the Unity Concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. This jazz and poetry slam in honor of King will include a variety of musical selections performed by Galen.

“MLK: From Dream to Reality” will take place at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. There will be insight and reflections of King and how his mission of equality has affected the world as people know it today. Refreshments will be served.

These events are sponsored by the Multicultural Affairs Center. Contact Laura Bates at or at 785.4142 for more information.

In addition, the Multicultural Affairs Center has a table in the Student Union Building inviting students, faculty and staff to donate a penny for everyday of the year. The donations will go to the Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship fund and memorial fund. This fund-raising event will take place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. now until Jan. 20. Contact Mu Kupara at 785.4142 for more information.

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