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MLK Day programs time for reflection

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A free public presentation honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Columbus Learning Center is just one of several community activities planned for Jan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“The MLK Day presentation is an opportunity for all of us to look back at what has been going on in previous years and what should be done in the future,” said Marwan Wafa, vice chancellor and dean of IUPUC.

“We, as a society and community, come from all kinds of diverse backgrounds. Learning about and celebrating our differences is the key to harmony,” he said.

Karen Dace, vice chancellor of diversity, equity and inclusion at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, will deliver the keynote address “Unlikely Allies: Diversity Requires All of Us” at 11 a.m. that day in the Custer-Nugent Lecture Hall and Auditorium.

A complimentary luncheon will follow at noon in the Student Commons.

Recipients of IUPUC’s 2014 Excellence in Diversity Award will be announced during the event. The university annually recognizes and honors individuals who demonstrate outstanding efforts toward creating a more diverse and inclusive community, said Susan Sullivan, director of communications and marketing for IUPUC.

Additional Columbus community MLK Day events will include:

A free breakfast, sponsored by the Bartholomew County Branch of the NAACP, from 7 to 9 a.m. Jan. 20 in the cafeteria of Columbus North High School.

A free performance of “The Right to Dream,” by the Seattle-based theater troupe Living Voices, 2 p.m. Jan. 20 at The Commons.

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