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Jan. 21, 2005
Contact: Santos Nunez, Multicultural Resource Center, (785) 864-4350.

Luminaria walk at KU to honor the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas will celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 24, with a luminaria walk.

The Multicultural Resource Center and the Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will present "Walking the Dream" beginning at 7 p.m. in front of Wescoe Hall at KU. Participants will walk along an illuminated Jayhawk Boulevard, pausing intermittently for readings and reflection on King's legacy. The celebration will culminate about 7:30 p.m. in Woodruff Auditorium at Kansas Union with a presentation by Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity member and Lyon County attorney Timothy L. Dupree and a performance by the Inspirational Gospel Voices.

"This is a great opportunity for the KU community to come together and reflect on the accomplishments of Dr. King as well as to remind ourselves that there is still work to be done to combat hate and injustice," said Santos Nunez, program director for the Multicultural Resource Center.

Dupree is a Kansas City, Kan., native and a 2001 KU graduate. He earned his juris doctor from Washburn University School of Law and was sworn in to practice law in 2004. Dupree, his wife, Tamara, and their five children live in Emporia, where he serves as assistant Lyon County attorney for the Fifth Judicial District.

"The Upsilon chapter is proud of honoring and presenting to the University of Kansas one of the most prominent members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity," said chapter president Anthony Brown, KU senior from Kansas City, Mo. "The Martin Luther King Jr. program will showcase the dreams, aspirations and goals of this man. This program will help all KU students by exposing them to the many achievements of this great civil rights leader."

The Multicultural Resource Center at KU was established in 1995 to promote an educational environment that recognizes and celebrates the diverse composition of the Lawrence campus population.

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