Rice community to celebrate MLK Day

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Amy McCaig

Rice community to celebrate MLK Day

HOUSTON – (Jan. 16, 2015) – On the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day, the Rice University community will hold a candlelight vigil followed by a program titled “The Struggle for Social Justice Continues.”

The vigil and program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Rice Memorial Chapel on the Rice campus, 6100 Main St.; a reception will follow in the Rice Memorial Center’s Grand Hall. The events are free and open to the public.

Scheduled to speak are Jenifer Bratter, associate professor of sociology and director of the Kinder Institute’s Program for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Culture; Luis Duno-Gottberg, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese; Alexander Byrd, associate professor of history; Michael Emerson, the Allyn Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and academic director of the Kinder Institute; and Gary Nakamura, president of the Houston chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League.

Members of the Rice community, including the Black Student Association and the Association of Rice University Black Alumni, will also participate in two annual parades Jan. 19 honoring the civil rights leader – the Black Heritage Society’s 37th annual “Original” MLK Birthday Parade and the 21st annual MLK Grand Parade, both at 10 a.m.

Guests of the Jan. 18 event can use Entrance 20 from Rice Boulevard to access self-paid parking. For more information on the event or the parades, contact Jan West at 713-348-6759.

News media who plan to attend should RSVP to Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amym@rice.edu.

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About Amy McCaig

Amy is a senior media relations specialist in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.