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UT Arlington plans events to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, leader’s legacy

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Media Contact: Bridget Lewis

News Topics: awards, community service, history, volunteer

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The University of Texas at Arlington will pay tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. and celebrate those who have shared the late civil rights leader’s dream of equality and justice during its Advancing the Dream Awards Banquet Friday, Jan. 17, and poetry slam Saturday, Jan. 18.

Roland Martin

Nationally-syndicated columnist Roland Martin is the keynote speaker for this year’s awards banquet, which will present scholarships and honor recipients of the first MLK Living Legend Awards. Martin is a former CNN political analyst, author and host of News One Now, a one-hour weekday morning news program on TV One.

CBS 11 news reporter and UT Arlington alumna Elizabeth Dinh will emcee the event. Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer and UT Arlington artist-in-residence Adonis Rose will perform with the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra. 

MLK committee publicity chair Cheryel Carpenter said the banquet will be a little different from years past. “We’ve spent the first 25 years sharing Dr. King’s dream. Over the next 25 years, we’ll work to advance Dr. King’s dream of equality and justice,” she said.

The banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 in the E. H. Hereford University Center’s Bluebonnet Ballroom, 300 W. First St.

Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will serve as volunteer greeters for the awards banquet. Tickets are $40 and may be purchased at

An Evening of Spoken Word Poetry Slam will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, also in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. Admission is $15. Tickets may also be purchased at

A Veterans Breakfast and Opportunity Fair kicks off Martin Luther King, Jr. Day activities Jan. 20 at 9 a.m. at the Maverick Activities Center, 500 W. Nedderman. Simultaneously, hundreds of volunteers will gather there to learn their assignments for the MLK Day of Service before embarking on the community projects to be held that day.

Visit to learn more about the events. A campus map is available at


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