UM-Dearborn to host live commentary event honoring the memory and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders of the civil rights movement

January 4, 2007

DEARBORN / Jan. 4, 2007---The University of Michigan-Dearborn will host a special program called ďThe Dream AliveĒ on Wednesday, Jan. 10 to honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Room 1500 of the campusís Social Sciences Building.

The Dream Alive program, featuring Joe Rogers, is a live commentary dedicated to the memory and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders of the civil rights movement.

Rogers is an attorney from Colorado who serves on the seven-member National Commission on the Voting Rights Act. In 2003, he completed a term as the lieutenant governor of Colorado, where he was Americaís youngest lieutenant governor and only the fourth African American in U.S. history ever elected to that position.

In 2001, Rogers received the Trumpet Award from Time Warnerís Turner Broadcasting System, one of the nationís highest honors in recognition of African American achievement. Others who have received the award include Muhammad Ali, Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, Lena Horne, Tiger Woods, Colin Powell, Condolezza Rice, Nat King Cole and Sidney Poitier.

On Monday, Jan. 15, volunteers from UM-Dearborn, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Henry Ford Community College, Madonna College and Wayne State University will come together for the campusís 14th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Day. Volunteers will be dispersed throughout the metropolitan Detroit area to support local community agencies. The community service event was established in 1994 by UM-Dearborn and United Way Community Services.

Last year, about 370 volunteers visited 15 sites around metropolitan Detroit, including nonprofit agencies, soup kitchens, senior centers and schools. Among the activities, volunteers will paint murals on classroom walls and repair/clean books and toys at Jumpstart locations; build wood-shelving units for Vista Maria in Dearborn Heights; and sort canned goods at Gleaners Community Food Bank locations in Detroit and Taylor.

For more information about the Dream Alive event, call UM-Dearbornís Student Activities Office at (313) 593-5390.

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CONTACT: Jennifer Sroka
PHONE: 313-593-5644
The Office of University Relations
Room 1040, Administration Building
University of Michigan-Dearborn