Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.
- Sunday, January 19, 2014 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
- Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture
On January 19th members of the community are invited to gather in the Emerson Cultural Center at 1:00pm. The theme for the 2014 celebration boldly reads "Now is the time," a refrain from King's "I have a Dream" speech. This celebration marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. King becoming the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
This free, family-friendly event features a keynote speech by MSU President Waded Cruzado. An articulate and inspirational speaker, Cruzado has served as Montana State University's 12th President since January 2010. She is a passionate champion of the land-grant university's tripartite mission of education, research and public outreach, as well as the important role higher education plays in the development of individuals and the prosperity of the nation.
The afternoon of celebration also includes live music by local performers, and a remembrance of Dr. King by dramatist and educator Chris McIntyre and local activist and democratic convention delegate Dan Lourie. Immigrating to US after fleeing the Nazi
invasion of Belgium in 1940, Lourie has been a part of the civil rights movement since the 1960s. Lourie currently serves as a board member for the Gallatin Valley Human Rights Task Force.
A celebratory short march of solidarity down Main Street will be followed by a birthday cake and sing-along to conclude the event at 3:30 pm.
"This is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon - kids, students and families alike will all take inspiration from this fantastic day of remembrance of Dr. King's powerful leadership message in a world that so desperately needs it," says Carmen McSpadden, Director of the MSU Leadership Institute.
Both events are free and open to the public and are sponsored by the Bozeman Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, MSU Year of Engaged Leadership, MSU Leadership Institute, ASMSU, Chief Joseph Middle School, Million Ways Club, and the Bozeman Public Library, other supporters include: MSU Renne Library and MSU Diversity Awareness Office.