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Schools, banks, government offices to close for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

By Kathryn Knight

Government offices and most area schools and banks will be closed  Monday in observation of a national holiday for the late civil rights  leaders Martin Luther King Jr. Both the University of Evansville  and the University of Southern  Indiana will be marking the day with a series of events and  performances celebrating King's life and contributions.

The UE events include a multimedia display on the life of King, a  performance of "Dreams" that focuses on his struggles and  achievements, hands-on crafts and activities for children, a re- enactment of the Civil Rights March, and performances by the Memorial  Baptist Church Choir.

The events will culminate at 7 p.m. in the Neu  Chapel,  with keynote speaker, the Rev. James H. Cone, Charles A.  Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at the Union  Theological Seminary in New York City, who will be discussing "Martin  and Malcolm and America." USI will host its annual Martin Luther King Day Luncheon,  in Carter  Hall in the University Center, at 11 a.m.

The luncheon's theme is is  "Listening, Learning and Living the Legacy," and the special guest  speaker is George E. Curry, a journalist and affirmative action  expert. The luncheon will also include performances by Designed by  Grace, Steven Fletcher, the Thump Squad, and Blessed Movez. Tickets  are $7 for the general public and U.S.I. employees and $5 for  students. 

Also, on Sunday,  U.S.I. will host the annual Westside  Five Church Fellowship Martin Luther King Jr. service at 4 p.m.  The  service will be held in Carter Hall in the University Center. For a more detailed listing on the UE and USI events, visit the  school's Web sites, at www.evansville.edu  or www.usi.edu

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