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Freedom rider to speak at Stetson University Jan. 22
posted Jan 21, 2013 - 10:02:18am
Events to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continue through Jan. 23 in West Volusia.
At 10 a.m., Woodland Boulevard in Downtown DeLand is closed in preparation for a march from Stetson University to Chisholm Community Center. The roadway will reopen in a few hours. Details about the march are below.
Making this a special MLK Day is the fact that President Barack Obama's inauguration also occurs today in the nation's capital.
Although Obama officially took the oath of office for his second term yesterday, the public inauguration is today. From noon to 2 p.m. today at Chisholm Center, 520 S. Clara Ave., the big-screen television will broadcast the swearing-in, and the inaugural parade.
Because Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, was a Sunday this year, the public celebration was moved to Jan. 21. This will be the second time in history that a presidential inauguration and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day have coincided.
The event at Chisholm Center is sponsored by the MLK Planning Committee, Greater Union First Baptist Church, and the Democratic Club of Northwest Volusia County. All are welcome.
Vendors at Chisholm Center will offer hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks, barbecue, T-shirts and more for sale.
"Being aware of where we came from, not forgetting the past, the strength it took us to get here and especially our faith in God are all part of honoring Dr. King's legacy," Arvia Shanell Hall said.
Hall, who graduated from high school in 1990 as Arvia Bruten, is DeLand High School's only African-American valedictorian. She went on to earn an engineering degree and now works in Georgia, where she lives with her family.
Hall was the keynote speaker at the seventh annual Deltona DreamKeepers' Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast Jan. 19 at New Hope Baptist Church in Deltona.
The celebration began today in DeLand with the annual MLK Jr. Commemorative Breakfast in Stetson University’s Rinker Field House.
After breakfast and speeches, the unity march will proceed from the Stetson campus through Downtown DeLand to Chisholm Community Center at 520 S. Clara Ave. in DeLand, where a youth program starts at 10:30 a.m. The program will feature youngsters displaying various talents.
Spring Hill Boys and Girls Club Director Althea Chavers looks forward to the series of events each year.
"It's inspiring seeing the community come together in a positive manner," Chavers said.
Back on Stetson's campus, the university's Center for Community Engagement is encouraging people to make MLK Day "a day on, not a day off," by helping neighbors through service.
From 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, Stetson students, faculty, staff and alumni will help those in need by volunteering at several locations around West Volusia, including The Neighborhood Center, the Halifax Health Hospice Center, United Cerebral Palsy, the MainStreet DeLand Association and the Chisholm Community Center.
Freedom rider, museum exhibit
Stetson University's celebration of the King legacy will continue through the week with guest speaker and Freedom Rider Dr. Ernest "Rip" Patton coming to campus.
The university will also host guided tours of the Sanofka African American Traveling Museum.
The museum exhibit will be on display 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the Stetson Room in the Carlton Union Building.
Patton will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, also in the Stetson Room.
The museum and Patton's talk are free and open to the public. For more information, call Stetson University at 386-822-1400.
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