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King celebration being planned

November 23, 2004|by WANDA T. WILLIAMS

wandaw@herald-mail.com

Hagerstown Community College's Multicultural Committee is wrapping up final plans for the college's second annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration, scheduled for Monday, Jan. 17.

HCC's Multicultural Committee, an ad hoc advisory committee to college President Guy Altieri, met Monday morning to confirm some of the program's participants and discuss the group's options for exploring outside program funding.

Co-chaired by HCC administrators Donna Rudy and Carole Richardson, the ethnically diverse team of 11 men and women is coordinating a program similar to last year's celebration.

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HCC funded the program last year. Rudy said that this year the committee will seek financial support from the local business community.

"We will be contacting a few prominent businesses in the area asking for their involvement in funding to support the celebration," Rudy said.

Last year's King celebration cost $3,500 and the committee hopes to raise $2,500 from outside sources to cover additional expenses, Rudy said.

"We'll start the day with diversity workshops for elementary, middle school and high school students," she said.

The diversity workshops are designed to facilitate small-group discussions addressing ethnic myths and stereotypes, she said. Members of the group said they'll also be working with cultural diversity representatives from throughout the Tri-State area.

The college canceled classes for the first time last year to observe the national King holiday.

Rudy said this year's celebration promises to attract an even larger crowd.

Pastor Darin Mency with Hagerstown's Ekklesia Ministries has been invited to perform his dramatization of Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech again this year. Also, the Philadelphia-based Key Arts Productions will perform a concert and give a multimedia presentation.

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