National Archives partners with CSU for King celebration

Clayton State University, and the neighboring National Archives at Atlanta, in Morrow, will join forces next month to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The university, and the archives will host a free event, entitled "In Step with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil Rights Movement," on Jan. 20, 2011, from 6:30 p.m., to 8 p.m., at the archives, which is located at 5789 Jonesboro Road, in Morrow. The event will feature an exhibit from the National Archives' collections, entitled "Revisiting the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement Through an Activist's Lens."

The event will be preceded by a civil rights march, from 5 p.m., to 6 p.m., on the Clayton State campus.

Those events are just two of several activities that will take place at the archives, on Jan. 20, however. Other activities include two performances by the Clayton State University Gospel Choir; a lecture by Clayton State University sociology Professor, Roger Bates, entitled "Reflections of the Civil Rights Movement; a panel discussion, entitled "Foot Soldiers March, Act and Remember," and a dramatic reading (performed by Clayton State students) of U.S. Rep. John Lewis' (D-Ga.) testimony about a civil rights march from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery.

-- Curt Yeomans