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Third annual MLK celebration takes place

Celebrating the birthday and life of an influential Civil Rights activist

By Jennifer Valdivia
On January 25, 2013

Students and faculty gathered in the University Center on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 11:30 a.m. to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, at an event hosted by the Multicultural Center.

The event started off with a video of an interview with President Obama who spoke about the importance of Martin Luther King and how far the country has come since the 1960's civil rights movement. The interview was followed by the MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech.

Short interviews that highlighted the many great things Martin Luther King had accomplished followed the speech.

"I have seen MLK's speech many times in school and it never gets old," sophomore Roy Mojica said.

"This year we had a 'Reach for the Stars' theme," Garcia said. "Students were encouraged to write some civil rights-related goals, or even personal goals onto the paper star that would be hung from the ceiling of the UC."

 "We try and change the event a little every year", Garcia said.  "For instance, last year we had a huge birthday card for MLK that students could sign and a memorial wall where students could write down their hopes and aspirations."  

Finger foods, cake, and lemonade were served at this event.

"I really enjoyed the event," sophomore Antonio Smith said. "My favorite part was the stars, and reading what other students' goals were and being able to relate to them."

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