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Connecticut College's Jan. 23 event to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

NEW LONDON, Conn. - The Connecticut College community will gather Jan. 23 to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with dance, poetry and musical performances by students, faculty and staff. This annual event, which this year is themed "Seeds of Hope," is at 4 p.m. in Evans Hall at Connecticut College. It is free and open to the public.

Also during the ceremony, the college's second annual Dr. Martin Luther King Service Awards will be presented to staff, faculty and students who uphold the legacy of Dr. King's work with a commitment to social justice and service to underrepresented communities.

Connecticut College has traditionally scheduled campus events commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. after the federal holiday. This ensures students who were off-campus during winter break can attend, and also gives the college an opportunity to more closely integrate the King commemoration with the variety of events planned at the college for February's Black History Month.

About Connecticut College

Situated on the coast of southern New England, Connecticut College is a highly selective private liberal arts college with 1900 students from all across the country and throughout the world. On the college's 750-acre arboretum campus overlooking Long Island Sound, students and faculty create a vibrant social, cultural and intellectual community enriched by diverse perspectives. The college, founded in 1911, is known for its unique combination of interdisciplinary studies, international programs, funded internships, student-faculty research and service learning.

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January 12, 2009