Visits from a longtime civil rights activists are among the highlights planned for this year's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, which is Jan. 20.
The Rev. Charles Kennybrew, chairman of this year's events, said the theme of this year's events is "Moving in Harmony Toward Equality."
The Rev. C.T. Vivian, Atlanta, will give a presentation at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18 in the Kansas Union Ballroom, where a banquet will begin at 6 p.m. Vivian has been a civil rights activist for 44 years, serving as a consultant for Martin Luther King Jr. during the height of the civil rights movement.
HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS include writing several publications, taking part in marches in the South during the 1960s and serving on several international and national boards addressing understanding of racism and solutions to the problem.
Kennybrew said local organizers scheduled Vivian's appearance in Lawrence more than a year ago.
"It is a special honor to host C.T. Vivian to the university and the Lawrence community," Sherwood Thompson, director of KU's office of minority affairs said in a statement. "Reverand Vivian is a champion human rights advocate and charismatic spokesman on the need for a discrimination-free America."
Admission will be charged for the banquet and speech, but KU and high school students may attend the lecture for free.
ON JAN. 19, a gospel musical featuring area students grades kindergarten through 12 will be held at 6 p.m. at the Lawrence High School auditorium. Admission is free.
Another event features Daisy Belle Thomas-Quinney, a dramatist, vocalist, educator and minister from Middlesex, Pa., giving several presentations about Sojourner Truth.
Her presentations will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 20 at Kennedy School, and at 9:50 a.m. and 1:05 p.m. Jan. 21 at West Junior High School.
A public performance will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 at Liberty Hall, 642 Mass. A small donation will be asked for this performance.
The Rev. Frederick G. Sampson of Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit will officiate a Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative service at noon Jan. 20 at Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt.
SAMPSON IS has served on several civil rights commissions and has held positions with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Local events are sponsored by Ecumenical Fellowship, Inc., Lawrence Public Schools, the Kansas State Board of Education and KU's office of minority affairs.
For more information about local Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities, contact the Rev. William Dulin at 843-8913.