October 8, 2007

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Juan Williams
Juan Williams

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Two prominent authors who have written about the civil rights movement will help Sacramento State observe the 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s visit to the campus, Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Juan Williams and Clayborne Carson will participate in a panel discussion, noon-3:45 p.m., and will speak at an observance ceremony 6:30-9 p.m. Events are in the University Center Ballroom.

Williams is a senior correspondent on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and author of the nonfiction bestseller, Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965. Carson is a history professor at Stanford University and is the director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute. He’s also the author of, In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s.

Clayborne Carson
Clayborne Carson

King visited the campus Oct. 16, 1967 after receiving an invitation from the University’s Cultural Programs Committee. He spoke to a crowd estimated at 7,000 at what was then the soccer field and is now the Alex Spanos Sports Complex.

Other King observance activities include a welcome and reflection by faculty and administrators at 10 a.m., and performances by the Department of Theatre and Dance, the Sacramento Metropolitan Community Choir and the Sacramento Black Art of Dance troupe.

Events are in the University Union Ballroom and are free and open to the community.

A university convocation has been declared for portions of October 16 to enable the campus community to attend panel discussions and presentations associated with commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech 40 years ago at Sacramento S tate. The sessions covered by the convocation are scheduled at 12:15-1:45 p.m.; 2:15-3:45 p.m. and 6:30-9 p.m. A description of each session is found at: www.csus.edu/union/mlk. During a university convocation, classes may be cancelled at the discretion of faculty members. If a class is not dismissed, students cannot be penalized for attending the convocation. Staff members are encouraged to attend subject to work unit needs and prior permission of their supervisor.

For more information on the Martin Luther King Observance, contact Kim Harrington, King ceremony project officer, at (916) 278-6327. For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.