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Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Remembrance

The Athenaeum begins the second semester with a dinner commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King is one of four persons who has a U.S. national holiday named in his memory (the others being Christopher Columbus, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln), and so it is appropriate that we host a dinner honoring Dr. King's contribution to America.

The evening will feature two close friends of King's, John David Maguire, president of Claremont University Center and Graduate School, and Cornish Rogers, professor of pastoral theology and director of Urban Ministries Center, School of Theology at Claremont. Both men knew King as classmates; and President Maguire was a member of the original Freedom Ride in 1961. Maguire was also the first chairman of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia.

The 6:00 p.m. dinner begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. At 7:00 p.m. a half-hour documentary, "I Have a Dream," will be shown; this will be followed by a discussion between Dr. Maguire and Dr. Rogers, and will also include time to ask questions of them. Please join us and learn more about a great American leader who was murdered during the year that shaped a generation-1968.