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Rally Near Statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorates Legacy of Civil Rights Leader

The Martin Luther King Jr. statue on the east mall at The University of Texas at Austin will be the starting point Monday, Jan. 15, for the city-wide march and rally recognizing the legacy of the late civil rights leader, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Parking will be available at The University of Texas at Austin’s UCFC Disch-Falk Field, the state parking garage at 12th Street and San Jacinto, and at the Holy Cross Catholic Church parking area at 1610 11th St. Free and continuous bus shuttle service will be available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. between these three locations.

Other activities at The University of Texas at Austin honoring King will include a private luncheon on campus Friday, Jan. 12 sponsored by the Black Faculty/Staff Association. Dr. Soncia Reagins-Lilly, senior associate vice president and dean of students at The University of Texas at Austin, will be the keynote speaker at the event for members and invited guests.

Festivities on Sunday, Jan. 14, at St. Edward’s University will include the Youth Legacy Awards program honoring the youth of Austin for contributions to the community as well as for achievements in art, education and athletics. Winners will receive a $1,000 college scholarship. Dr. Gregory Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement at The University of Texas at Austin, will emcee the program. Jonathan Sprinkles, an alumnus from the university who is an author and speaker, will present the keynote address.

The celebrations end Jan. 20 at Riverbend Center with the keynote address, which this year will be delivered by Christopher Gardner, formerly homeless and now president and CEO of the Chicago-based brokerage firm Gardner Rich and Co. The autobiography he wrote has been made into a movie starring Will Smith.

For more information contact: Robert D. Meckel, Office of Public Affairs, 512-475-7847.