For Immediate Release
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January 13, 2000
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Roxane M. Geraci at (219) 980-6686
Indiana University Northwest
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Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Gary MayorScott King and Chancellor BruceBergland will be among the dignitaries celebrating the birthday ofDr.Martin Luther King during a KingHoliday Event on January 17 at IndianaUniversity Northwest.

Beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m., the program begins at 6 p.m.and will run until 7:30 p.m. in RaintreeHall 102 at the university. Kicking off the event will be Dr. Berglandspeaking about Dr. King’s “dream” and its relation to his “sharedvision.” Following Bergland’s message, Mayor King will also share histhoughts.

Also on the agenda is soloist Phelda “Pebbles” Johnson, an internationaltraveling soloist who has credits that include leads in the national productionof A Good Man is Hard to Find, and the international overseas productionof Mama I Want to Sing.  Johnson is a resident of Gary andan educator in the Gary school system.

The Gary, Indiana (GI)Praise Community Choir will also take the stage and perform severalGospel songs, including We Shall Overcome. Organized in November1997 under the direction of Ministry Randall "Fats" Blakely, the choirtoday consists of 15 members with a band. GI Praise Community Choir completedtheir first live recording, Inspite of it All ... Keep Running for Jesus,in November 1998.

Where Were You?, is the theme of a panel discussion taking placeat the event and will focus on the assassination of Dr. King, as well asthe Million Man March. Panel members include Indiana State Representativeand IU Northwest faculty member, Dr.Vernon Smith, Dr. Reverend Robert Lowery of St. Timothy Community Church,and IU Northwest faculty members, Dr.Dorothy Ige, Dr. Jack Bloom, Dr.Raoul Contreras and Thandabantu Iverson. Dr. King’s IHave a Dream speech will also be shown. 

The King Holiday Event is open to the community, free of chargeand is sponsored by Black History Committee at IU Northwest. For more informationon the event, telephone 219-980-6629 or go to the IU Northwest minoritystudies website.

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