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Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration at Concord, Monday, January 17

Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration at Concord, Monday, January 17

Athens, W.Va. - A celebration of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., will be held at Concord University, Monday, January 17 at 7 p.m. in the Main Theatre of the Alexander Fine Arts Center.

Middle, and high school students, as well as Concord University students will present excerpts of essays they have written to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Elementary school students who participated in a poster contest and slogan contest will have their work on display. The winners of the essay and slogan contests will be recognized during the program. The ConChords will provide special music.

The intent of the contest is to provide all students in each area school with an opportunity to learn about Dr. King, his message and his work, and to give students an opportunity to reflect on our present and the future in light of Dr. King’s message. Contest organizers also want to encourage continued study of Dr. King through financial awards that can hopefully help students continue their lives and education with a permanent appreciation for Dr. King.

Bruce Jacobs, author of “Race Manners,” will deliver the keynote address. Jacobs dares to take on a subject most Americans try to avoid: the countless ways in which we all experience and perpetuate racism in our lives. His book is an enriching and honest look at racial conflict. As an African American who has lived amid multiple cultures all his life, Jacobs wrote “Race Manners” as a practical guide for black and white Americans to begin to break through the everyday barriers that divide them: in conversation, in assumptions, and on the street. "I wanted a book that people not only could relate to, but could actually use,” said Jacobs. "More and more, the tone of racial dialogue is dominated by people of ill will: the haters, the attackers. It is time for the rest of us, the people of good will, to take back the conversation, even when we might disagree.”

Jacobs is a Harvard graduate whose poetry and prose have appeared in “Beloit Poetry Journal,” “African-American Review,” “American Writing,” “The Baltimore Sun,” “Black Enterprise,” “Atlanta Review,” “Many Mountains Moving,” “Gargoyle,” “Buffalo Bones” and numerous other publications and anthologies.

Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086, if special assistance or help is required for access to this event.

For more information, contact Director of Multicultural Affairs, Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or


PHOTO: Noted writer, Bruce Jacobs, will be speaking at Concord on Monday, January 17.