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Clayton State set to commemorate MLK’s Dream

MORROW — Clayton State University has lined up several events celebrating the nation’s most decorated Civil Rights leader.

The university’s 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, titled “We Dream the King’s Dream,” begins Jan. 19 with a meal and discussion about community service.

“‘King’s Sunday Supper’ is an annual event in which students and residents from diverse backgrounds come together to share a meal, discuss issues that affect the community and highlight their shared values and strengths,” Clayton State spokesman John Shiffert said.

Tickets for the event are free to Clayton State students, but residents must purchase tickets at $10 each. Both Clayton State and non-Clayton State participants must have a ticket for admission.

Shiffert said tickets will be available beginning Jan. 6, at the Department of Campus Life in Suite 223 of the student activities center. The supper is from 4 to 6 p.m. in the ballroom, 2000 Clayton State Blvd. in Morrow.

Volunteers also will take part in community service projects throughout metro Atlanta Jan. 20 in recognition of MLK Day of Service.

They will participate in a series of projects, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., before heading to the annual MLK Rally and March in downtown Atlanta.

Then, on Jan. 21, residents will be able attend a dialogue discussion, called “A Dream Deferred.” It will focus on perceived social injustices in such cases as Trayvon Martin’s death, Emani Moss’ child abuse case with the Department of Family and Children Services and immigration reform in Georgia.

Shiffert said participants will have a conversation regarding the issues and hone in on action steps that can be taken to eradicate such injustices.

The discussion is from 7 to 9 p.m. in ballroom C of the student activities center. The public is invited to attend.

Lastly, organizers have planned a guided tour of historical landmarks in greater Atlanta.

“The 2014 Cultural Immersion Trip: A Day with the King” is Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is designed to give participants a chance to explore sites associated with King and the Civil Rights Movement.

Shiffert said 25 Clayton State students will be selected to participate in the trip, which will include a special tour of King’s birth home and lunch at Thelma’s Kitchen.

He said the week of activities is a collaborative effort among the Department of Campus Life, AmeriCorps, Diversity Education Experiences for Peers Educators, Tau Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Sigma Sigma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Clayton State NAACP, Student African American Brotherhood and Student African American Sisterhood.

For details about meeting locations and times, call Campus Life Associate Director Lakiesa Rawlinson at 678-466-5433 or visit www.clayton.edu/campus-life.