Jan. 14, 2004

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Contact: Paul Winn, City of Lawrence, (785) 832-3311.

Miss Black USA 2001 comes to KU for Martin Luther King Day celebration

LAWRENCE -- University of Kansas Chancellor Robert Hemenway will present Lisa Miree, Miss Black USA 2001, as the keynote speaker during the 19th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration at the Lied Center.

The event, which also will feature presentations from Lawrence church representatives and other civic leaders, will be at 11:15 a.m. Monday, Jan. 19. This year's theme is ■When will Dr. King's Vision of Equality Become our Reality?˙

The event is organized by the Ecumenical Fellowship Inc. and is free and open to the public.

Miree is a graduate of Ohio University's Scripps Howard School of Journalism and earned a master's degree there in international affairs.

As Miss Black USA, Miree campaigned across the country to make abstinence an attractive, popular choice for unmarried people. She has appeared on ABC's "Politically Incorrect" and on the national radio program "Focus on the Family."

Monday's Lied Center event will be the culmination of three days of celebration and educational events.

The weekend events begin Saturday, Jan. 17, with the annual Martin Luther King Jr. banquet, which will feature KU football Head Coach Mark Mangino. The banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Kansas Union ballroom at KU. Tickets cost $20 for the dinner and program or $10 with student identification. Tickets to the program alone are $10 for adults and free for those with student identification. Tickets are available through Wednesday, Jan. 14, by calling (785) 749-0835 or (785) 843-8913.

A gospel musical will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Free Methodist Church, 3001 Lawrence Ave. The annual event features local adult and youth choirs with guest director the Rev. Anthony Jones, Topeka. It is free and open to the public.

This year's sponsors are KU, Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence USD 497 and the City of Lawrence.

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