Vigil and program to celebrate MLK Jan. 20


David Ruth

 Vigil and program to celebrate MLK Jan. 20
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to provide keynote address

HOUSTON – (Jan. 10, 2019) – In celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr., Rice University’s Black Male Leadership Initiative will host a vigil and program, “Achieving Success by Working Together,” at 6 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Rice Memorial Chapel.

Rice President David Leebron will offer opening remarks, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will provide the keynote address. The event is open to the public.

Who: Rice President David Leebron and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

What: Martin Luther King Jr. vigil and program, “Achieving Success by Working Together.”

When: 6 p.m. Jan. 20.

Where: Rice Memorial Chapel, Rice University.

A reception will follow the program at Farnsworth Pavilion in the Ley Student Center.

Self-paid parking is available in the university’s Central Parking Garage. A map of the Rice campus is available here.


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About David Ruth

David Ruth is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.