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CSUB to Honor Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

California State University, Bakersfield President Horace Mitchell and Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Thomas Wallace will provide the main addresses as CSUB marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination with a series of events on Wednesday, April 4.

President Mitchell’s address, “Living the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” will take place during an event from 6-8 p.m. in the CSUB Doré Theater.  Dr. Thomas Wallace also will present an address, “I Have a Dream: 50 Years Later,” at the event.  The addresses will be followed by a candlelight vigil.  Parking will be available in Lots A, B, and C.

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  was the most significant role model in my life.  When I became aware of his work as a pre-teen, I saw that he was concerned about civil rights and equality for African Americans and other underserved people, and he also was concerned about human rights,” President Mitchell said. ‘I would describe Dr. King as a ‘servant leader.’ By that I mean that he never sought to be in the limelight. Rather, he responded as a man of conscience to the circumstances and situations he observed. Time after time he stepped forward to remind this nation and the world, through non-violent actions and through the power of his speeches, that there were serious discrepancies between espoused values and observed behaviors.

I am very pleased to have this opportunity as we commemorate the anniversary of Dr. King’s death, to be able to share some thoughts with our students and others on the important topic of ‘Living the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’”

Other events during the day are:

  • 9-11:30 a.m. – A faculty panel on the legacy of Dr. King and Civil Rights Movement moderated by Dr. Alem Kebede of the Department of Sociology in the Dezember Reading Room of the Walter W. Stiern Library.  Parking for the event will be available in Lots J, K1, K2, and K3.
  • 2-4 p.m. – A screening and discussion of Citizen King in the Dezember Reading Room of the Walter W. Stiern Library. Parking will be available in Lots J, K1, K2, and K3.
  • 4:30-5:45 p.m. -- A public reading of Dr. King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail" at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sculpture at the west side of the Walter W. Stiern Library. Dr. Jacquelyn Kegley of the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies will make opening comments.

The events are sponsored by the CSUB Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Kegley Institute of Ethics, Black Faculty and Staff Association, Walter W. Stiern Library, the Department of Sociology and the Public History Institute.

The events are free and open to the public.   

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