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WVU Parkersburg, DuPont Washington Works partner to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Parkersburg, W.Va. 1/17/12 – Join West Virginia University at Parkersburg and DuPont Washington Works in commemorating the achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event will take place Thursday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in WVU Parkersburg’s college activities center. This special, multimedia program will include readings, video, singing and live performances and is free and open to the public.
“This celebration is more than a commemoration. We will be venerating the dream inspired by Dr. King and those who have marched before him from the distant past as well as those of us who must carry the flame forward to the next generation,” said Jeffrey Byrd, program director and WVU Parkersburg theater instructor.
The program will be the sixth annual joint presentation of WVU Parkersburg and DuPont to honor the work of Dr. King.
“This program was designed to involve the community in a unique way with readings and songs taken from our country’s wealth of historically significant events and people,” said DuPont Plant Manager Karl Boelter. “We invite our community to attend and participate in this inspiring event,” he added.
“I have found the creation of the script a very humbling experience,” said Byrd. “The voices of the past echo through the words and actions of those who gave their lives for the most basic of human rights – the right for compassion, the right to be treated as we would wish to be treated ourselves. These voices and his faith in God is what gave Dr. King his inspiration to give one of the greatest speeches the world has ever heard.”
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