UWP to observe Martin Luther King Jr. day with one-act play

January 15, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE-A time to weep, a time to celebrate, a time to learn, a time to act. The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Multicultural Services will observe a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in the University Room of the Pioneer Student Center.

A one-act play, "Ain't Got Long to Stay Here," based on the life of Martin Luther King Jr., will be performed by Barry Scott.

UWP Multicultural Services Director Carlos Wiley welcomes the University community and the public to the event. There is no charge to attend.

King, a U.S. civil rights leader who was assassinated in 1968, was an adherent of nonviolence. He drew national attention when he was arrested for protesting segregation at a Birmingham, Ala., lunch counter and jailed.

In 1963, King helped organize the March on Washington, an assembly of more than 200,000 protestors at which he made his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. The march influenced the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and King was awarded the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.

He broadened his advocacy to address the plight of the poor of all races and oppose the Vietnam War. In 1968 he went to Memphis, Tenn., to support a strike by sanitation workers. It was there on April 4 that he was assassinated by James Earl Ray.

For further information about the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, please call 342-1332.

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