Pace University to Honor Winners of 3rd Annual Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest

Readings from winning high school and middle-school student essays honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. will be featured, along with a film on the civil rights leader’s life, at a morning-long commemoration at Pace University’s Pleasantville Campus this Friday.

Contact:
Shanelle Henry Robinson, Director, Office of Diversity Programs, (914) 773-3775, shenry@pace.edu

NOTE: Texts of the winning essays will be available on request.

Pace University to honor winners of
3rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest
in three-hour commemorative program Friday, January 28

Pleasantville, NY, January 24, 2005 — Readings from winning high school and middle-school student essays honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. will be featured, along with a film on the civil rights leader’s life, at a morning-long commemoration at Pace University’s Pleasantville Campus this Friday.

The 5th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Program (snow date: Monday, January 31st) begins with registration and check in at 8:30 and runs until at 12 Noon at the Gottesman Dining Room located in the University’s Kessel Campus Center.

The Westchester and campus communities are invited to participate.

The program will feature remarks by Pace University President David A. Caputo as well as the readings by the winners of Pace’s 3rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. essay contest. Winners from local high schools will be joined by winners from the Pace student body.

The winners of the essay contest will be presented with Barnes and Noble gift cards and two tickets each to the upcoming Feb. 9 appearance of Dr. Maya Angelou in the Goldstein Fitness Center, Pleasantville Campus.

High school winners this year are both from Poughkeepsie High School: 1st place – Bernadette Orende and 2nd Place- Eric Baxter & Aysha Kahn.

Middle School winners were both from the A.B. Davis Middle School in Mt Vernon 1st place – Melissa Hyatt, 2nd Place – Michael Carter.

Also on the program is “King’s Dream,” an inspiring performance tribute to the life and teachings of the eminent civil rights leader. Songs, live narrative and powerful film footage reveal the historical roots and social implications that led to an era of social unrest and social progress in America during the turbulent sixties.

This year’s MLK Commemoration program will once again feature a hearty, traditional southern-style breakfast.

The commemoration and the essay contest are run by The Pace University Westchester Office of Diversity Programs (ODP) which aims to promote a productive educational and work environment that fosters and values equality, respect, human understanding, fairness and diversity.

A private university in the New York Metropolitan area, Pace has a growing national reputation for offering students opportunity, teaching and learning based on research, civic involvement and measurable outcomes. Pace has seven campuses, including downtown and midtown New York City, Pleasantville, Briarcliff, White Plains (a graduate center and law school), and a Hudson Valley Center at Stewart International Airport near Newburgh, N.Y. Approximately 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School. www.pace.edu

Space is limited. RSVPs required. Please call (914) 773-3351 to reserve a seat at the commemoration.

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