4 P.M. INTERVIEW: Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Day event

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)- A local event is paying respect to a historical icon on Monday. The Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Day event will be held at St. James The Greater Catholic Church in Eau Claire. Doors open around 5:30 p.m. and the event begins at 6 p.m. The event is a collaboration between multiple organizations and groups.

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PRESS RELEASE - A ceremony to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 15, 2018 at St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Eau Claire. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is among the sponsors of the event.

Students and faculty from area elementary, middle and high schools, along with UW-Eau Claire students and community members, will participate in the remembrance ceremony. Also participating in the ceremony are faculty members from UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stout and Chippewa Valley Technical College, and representatives of business, government and education in Eau Claire. State representatives Warren Petryk and Dana Wachs also will be among the featured speakers.
"During this year's event, we are speaking to the racial divisions that are apparent in our American society and looking to Dr. King for ways that we can heal them and to move forward to his 'Beloved Community,'" said Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, UW-Eau Claire professor of history and the event director.

The ceremony will include readings from several of King's works (including his “Nonviolence: The Only Road to Freedom”, "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" and his speech "How Long, Not Long"), music and multimedia presentations of the history of the civil rights movement. The Chippewa Valley Youth Chorus, led by Cathy Reitz, and soloists Keith Johnathan and Christopher Jorgenson will perform. Dr. Frank Watkins, conductor of UW-Eau Claire’s Women's Concert Chorale, Women's Chorus and Symphonic Choir, is the event's musical director, and Dr. Ryan Jones, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of music, is the event's assistant director.

Uniting Bridges is organizing the event. Other sponsors are St. James the Greater Catholic Church; the UW-Eau Claire Chancellor’s Office, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Human Services, and Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Blugold Beginnings program; the city of Eau Claire; the Eau Claire Police Department; Schmitt Music; and Speed of Sound.