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MLK rally today at Forest Park High

Photo By Rachel Shirey
Clayton State students and community members march with white balloons, while singing in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and dream during the annual MLK celebration.

Photo By Rachel Shirey Clayton State students and community members march with white balloons, while singing in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and dream during the annual MLK celebration.

MORROW — The Annual Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK), Jr. Celebration at Clayton State University began on campus Tuesday with the “I Have A Dream March and Candlelight Vigil,” from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Given Tuesday’s inclement weather, the Clayton State Office of Campus Life moved the event to the Student Activities Center (SAC), specifically, the intramural basketball courts.

However, the MLK march procession did occur beginning at the SAC while marchers held white balloons and sang.

It was originally planned to end at the Lawson Amphitheatre with a candlelight vigil in remembrance of King’s birthday, legacy and dream.

The Annual Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK), Jr. Celebration is a collaborative effort between the Department of Campus Life, AmeriCorps, Diversity Education Experiences for Peers (D.E.E.P.) Educators, the Tau Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and the Sigma Sigma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., to commemorate the life of King, the ultimate dreamer of the 20th Century, and significant events that occurred during the Civil Rights movement.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the annual MLK March in honor of individuals who fought for civil rights.

Also taking place today is the MLK Rally from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m., at Forest Park High School.

Campus Life, in collaboration with AmeriCorps and D.E.E.P. Educators, will sponsor a rally at Forest Park High School to educate students about Dr. King’s dream, vision and life as well as celebrate his legacy.

Later this month, CSU will host “King’s Sunday Supper” from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. in the Student Activities Center Ballroom.

Inspired by King’s legacy, America's Sunday Supper invites people from diverse backgrounds to come together to share a meal, discuss issues that affect the community and highlight shared values and strengths.

The campus community will also engage in a series of volunteer projects in the Atlanta area in tribute to the work and life of King during the “MLK Day of Service and MLK March” from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Transportation will be provided for 25 participants. For more information regarding registration for this event, contact LaShanda Hardin at LaShandaHardin@clayton.edu.