Martin Luther King Commemoration to be Held at MCC

(Bradenton, Fla., Jan.12, 2005) - The Manatee Community College (MCC) African-American Student Union will sponsor a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemoration from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 14, at the outdoor gazebo near the Student Union at MCC Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West. The program's focus will be increased access to higher education as a result of Dr. King's work and the Civil Rights Movement.

Planned activities include the singing of selections made popular during the Civil Rights Movement; reading of a speech written by King; and comments by a former student bused to a neighboring county and by one of the first three African-Americans to integrate MCC.

Soloist Susan Gilbert, known locally for performances in local churches and at other events, will sing. MCC student Calvin White will read King's speech. Comments will be made by Peggy Jefferson and Rev. Charles Jackson.

Jefferson, now an executive assistant for an MCC vice president, was bused to Gibbs Junior College in St. Petersburg. Rev. Charles Jackson will speak about his experience when what was then Manatee Junior College was integrated. The voluntary desegregation of the college began in 1962, prior to the 1964 passage of the Civil Rights Act.

For more information, call (941) 752-5493.


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