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UNI to honor Martin Luther King Jr. with discussion, day of service

January 14, 2014

Steffoni Schmidt, adviser, UNI Service & Leadership Council, 319-273-7422,

Michael Blackwell, director, Center for Multicultural Education, 319-273-2250,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- UNI students, faculty and staff will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with several events on Monday, Jan. 20. All events are free and open to the public.

The MLK Day of Service will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Maucker Union Ballroom. Participants will come together to provide meals for Iowa families in need. Free lunch will be provided to those who register by Saturday, Jan. 18. For more information or to register, contact Steffoni Schmidt, adviser for the UNI Service & Leadership Council, at 319-273-7422 or, or visit

"MLK was an advocate for service and encouraged people to do good in their communities. We hope to help carry on that legacy by providing service opportunities on this day each year for the UNI community," said Schmidt.

A discussion of the book "Through It All: Reflections on My Life, My Family, and My Faith" by Christine King Farris will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME). The book, written by Dr. King's only surviving sibling, is an intimate portrait of the King family. The discussion will be led by renowned lecturer, author and researcher Marcia Riggs.

Riggs will also present a lecture honoring Dr. King's life and legacy at 7 p.m. in the CME with a reception to follow. For more information on the discussion and lecture, contact Michael Blackwell, director of the CME, at 319-273-2250 or