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Tech’s 10th MLK noon ecumenical service to be held Monday

The 10th Annual Martin Luther King Day Noon Ecumenical Observance will be held Monday, Jan. 16 at noon in the Ruston Civic Center.

Dr. Walter Kimbrough, president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, will be the keynote speaker. Kimbrough will address this year’s theme, “Pursuit of the Dream through Service.”  The event is sponsored by the office of multicultural affairs at Louisiana Tech.

To exemplify the theme, this year’s event will be preceded by the service-learning project, “A Walk for Education,” led by The National Society of Black Engineers at Louisiana Tech University.

“Since education played an important role in the civil rights movement, we’ve added the service-learning project, ‘The Walk for Education,’ to highlight Dr. King’s idea that education was also a civil right,” said Adam Collins, coordinator of multicultural affairs at Tech.

He said volunteers will walk door-to-door in underrepresented, low-income communities distributing information packets about area colleges and vocational schools, financial aid and standardized tests such as SAT/ACT.

Collins said registration for the “Walk for Education” will take place Monday in Tolliver Hall from 9–9:50 a.m. and the walk will be from 10–11:30 a.m.  The education walk volunteers will then proceed to the noon ecumenical service.

Music will be provided by Phi Mu Alpha and Souls on Fire gospel group from Louisiana Tech.  A free jambalaya lunch will be served.

“Support for this event has grown tremendously and grew out of our first MLK Unity March in 1992,” Collins said. “In 2002, we started the ecumenical service. It grows each year. We are getting both financial and in-kind support from several businesses and organizations.”

Written by Dr. Reginald Owens