Augustana will host annual celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Rock Island, Ill.–A community celebration and theatrical tribute to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be held at 6 p.m., January 17 in Centennial Hall (3703 7th Ave., Rock Island). The free public event will celebrate the legacy of Dr. King with speakers, music and dance.

The 2015 celebration will focus on the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Eugene Robinson will be the keynote speaker, due to support from the Stanley Erikson Lectureship in Public Affairs.

Author of Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America (2010), Robinson shares with audiences his understanding of race relations in the United States and explains why many popular conceptions are now obsolete. His political commentary is welcome on news programs such as MSNBC’s Hardball, The Rachel Maddow Show and NBC’s Meet the Press.

The celebration also will include performances by the Augustana Choir, Pentacostal Church of God Praise Dancers, Community Gospel Choir and a community mass choir.

About Augustana:

Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. Augustana is recognized for the innovative program Augie Choice, which provides each student up to $2,000 to pursue a high-impact learning experience such as study abroad, an internship or research with a professor. Current students and alumni include 155 Academic All-Americans, a Nobel laureate, 13 college presidents and other distinguished leaders. The college enrolls 2,500 students and is located along one of the world’s most important waterways, the Mississippi River, in a community that reflects the diversity of the United States.