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Brown County community, UW-Green Bay to celebrate Martin Luther King Saturday at NWTC

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Community members from throughout Northeastern Wisconsin will gather to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the 17th annual community celebration of his birth Saturday, Jan. 14 at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, 2740 W. Mason St.

The celebration, which runs from 10:30 a.m. until noon, with a light luncheon to follow, will feature music, dancing and reflections on King’s message — as well as how it affects our lives today. Organizers also will distribute awards for the annual K-12 poster and essay contest, which asks area students to reflect on the program’s theme — for 2012, it’s “Reflecting back, looking forward.”

NWTC, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and Proctor & Gamble are major sponsors for the event, which is organized by a community committee that also includes members from St. Norbert College and elsewhere. The celebration is free and open to the public.

Saturday’s MLK event will feature UW-Green Bay students, faculty and administrators, joining the celebration in various roles. Julia Wallace, UW-Green Bay Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, will deliver brief remarks and help present poster and essay contest awards during the event. UW-Green Bay student Erin S. Zimmerman will sing “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” and the UW-Green Bay-and community-based Nia dancers and drummers also will perform. Education Prof. James Coates will continue his tradition of reciting King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, which is among the program’s many highlights.

For more information on the event, visit www.browncomlk.org, check out “Brown County MLK” on Facebook or follow @BrownCountyMLK on Twitter.

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