Unity Luncheon to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks

The Multicultural Affairs Center, SERVE Center, Sodexho and the Martin Luther King Jr. Statewide Commission will be sponsoring several activities to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Truman will host the sixth annual Unity Luncheon in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. at noon, Jan. 18, in the Student Union Building Georgian Room on the Truman campus.

The centerpiece of the luncheon will be a Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. presentation by Gladys Coggswell. She is a nationally recognized storyteller. She received the 2005 Missouri Arts Award in the category of individual artist. The buffet lunch will begin 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 $4 and one meal block. R.S.V.P. by 5 p.m. Jan. 17 to the Truman State University Public Relations Office at 785.4016. The Martin Luther King Jr. Statewide Commission, Multicultural Affairs Center at Truman and Sodexho are providing financial assistance for the luncheon.

In addition to the luncheon, there will be a citywide unity festival from 3-7 p.m., Jan. 16, in the Kirksville Arts Center located at 117 S. Franklin St.

The festival will include several activities. Unity through Art will take place from 3-5 p.m. This is an exhibition of Kirksville children's artwork and reading stations for ages 3-12. Throughout the day Truman State University students will enact historical scenes and memorable civil rights speeches and international students will share music, dance and magic.

The events continue with Unity through Knowledge from 3-7 p.m. There will be a slide show and videos honoring Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr.

People will be able to express themselves with testimonials, music and movement from 5-6 p.m. during the Unity through Community event. Unity through Food and Fellowship will follow from 6-7 p.m. with potluck and jazz.

The Unity Festival events are sponsored by: Diversity Institute, Kirksville MLK Committee, Kirksville Arts Association, Statewide MLK Commission, Connect for Respect, Kirksville Public Schools, Multicultural Affairs Center at Truman State University, Kirksville High School Chapter of Amnesty International.

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium begins at 3:30 p.m., Jan. 20, in the SUB Activities Room.

Truman student and community volunteers will read to children at the Read-In events Jan. 19 and Jan. 20. Those interested in volunteering may contact Amy Currier at 785.4222.

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