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2nd Annual M.L.K. Day Prayer Breakfast Set for Jan. 15 at L.R.U.

The Lenoir-Rhyne offices of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (D.E.I.) and Multicultural Affairs will sponsor and host the university’s second annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Prayer Breakfast on January 15 in the Cromer Center on the Hickory campus.

The keynote speaker for the event is Jane Elliott, an internationally known teacher, lecturer, diversity trainer, and recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence. She is known for her “blue eyes/brown eyes” exercise, which she first conducted with her third-grade class on April 5, 1969, a year and a day after Dr. King’s assassination.

The event is free of charge and open to the public. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. Space is limited, so registration is strongly encouraged. To register, click here.

The program will include remarks from Avery Staley, vice president for D.E.I., Dr. Fred Whitt, university president, Terry Phillips, director for multicultural affairs, and the L.R.U. Inclusion Champions. The musical program will be directed by Dr. Ryan Luhrs.

Community leaders in attendance will include members of the Hickory chapter of the N.A.A.C.P., the Greater Hickory Ministerial Alliance, Hickory-area ministers, and the M.L.K. Awards Committee.

At 10:30 a.m., after the breakfast concludes, participants may join the annual march organized and sponsored by the Hickory N.A.A.C.P. The march will begin at the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on the L-R campus and will make its way through Hickory to the Ridgeview Recreation Center.