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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