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Clarkson University to Commemorate MLK Day with African Heritage Appreciation Celebration

Clarkson University will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with an African Heritage Appreciation celebration on Monday, January 20, from 5-9 p.m. in the Student Center (#13 at ).

image of African continentThe event, which is open to the public, will be hosted by the Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World minor in the Institute for a Sustainable Environment and includes speakers, drummers and dancing, a music workshop, a multi-media show and food samples.

Free samples of African food and tea, as well as information about the Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World minor, will be available in the Student Center Forum from 5-9 p.m.

The evening meal in the Student Center Servery will feature a station with African cuisine, as well as a multi-media show in the dining hall about a trip to Africa. (The usual charges apply to food in the Servery.)

"Acting on Economic and Social Issues of the Developing World" will be presented from 6-7 p.m. in the Forum. This program will feature speakers with brief personal stories about their experiences in Africa and the connection between economic and social justice. There will also be a discussion and question & answer session about the link between economic and social justice, and basic human rights (including Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights movement).

African drummers and dancers will come on stage at 7 p.m., followed by an African drum and music workshop at 8 p.m.

For more information, please contact Michelle Crimi at 315-268-4174 or .

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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