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Clarkson Community Gathers To Celebrate Martin Luther King
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Over 160 Clarkson University students, faculty and staff attended dinner and a play to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday evening. The event was sold out, filling the Barben rooms in Cheel Campus Center. Student Kazadi Thomas, who helped to organize the program, said, "I was moved by the audience and by the performance. We had high expectations for this event, but this exceeded them."
Following dinner, James Chapmyn and his acting company performed a multi-media play, "Martin and Me," recalling the life, death and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Chapmyn, the author of the play, explained, "My goal is to entertain, yes, but also to create a dialogue that will inspire our audiences to think about how their voices and actions can move the world in the direction of peace and freedom."
Director of Co-Curricular Programs Randy Lamson added, "I think that the play "Martin and Me" was able to get to the heart of diversity - that we are all one people, brothers and sisters in humanity. Martin Luther isn't a place but the feeling and call to action in each of us to help and respect each other." The Office of Co-Curricular Programs worked with students Thomas and Kourtney Baines to organize and promote the event.
Baines summed up the feelings of many after the event, "The King Celebration brought people of all colors and backgrounds together. The play enabled us to share our experiences with our peers with joy and laughter."