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January 14, 2015

University of Montevallo to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. birthday

MONTEVALLO—The University of Montevallo will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with several events throughout the day on Wednesday, Jan. 21.

The day will begin with the MLK Oratorical Breakfast at 9 a.m. in the Montevallo Room of Anna Irvin Dining Hall on the UM campus. Selected students will deliver speeches on the topic of civil rights.

The Montevallo Gospel Chorale will provide music for the celebration program, which begins at 3 p.m. in the Merchants and Planters Bank Auditorium in Comer Hall, and UM President John W. Stewart will welcome guests. The keynote speaker of the celebration will be Jawana Jackson, CEO of The Jackson Foundation and Museum in Atlanta and co-owner of Par Golf LLC, one of a few minority companies in the United States that produces golf apparel.

Jackson’s childhood home in Selma became the headquarters for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other world leaders in the planning of the Selma to Montgomery March in 1965. The historic four-day march led President Lyndon B. Johnson to sign the 1965 Voting Rights Act. As a young child, Jackson witnessed American history take place as it relates to the voting rights movement in the U.S.

Jackson’s mother, Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson, who earned a master’s degree from the University of Montevallo in 1976, penned the book, The House by the Side of the Road: The Selma Civil Rights Movement, published by The University of Alabama Press. The book is the Jackson family’s official account of events that occurred in their home.

The afternoon event is free and open to the public, and everyone is invited to attend. For additional information, contact Cedric Norman, UM’s assistant director of student life, at cnorman@montevallo.edu or by calling 205-665-6565.

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