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MCCC to Host Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday Celebration Jan. 17

1/3/11

West Windsor, N.J.: “Learning is Serving” is the theme of Mercer County Community College’s celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., set for Monday, Jan. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Kerney Hall at the James Kerney Campus, 102 North Broad Street, Trenton. The public is invited to this free event, which includes music and dance performances.

In commemoration of the famous Hedgepeth-Williams case against racial discrimination, the event will honor the Hedgepeth family, as well as interim Trenton Chief of Police Ernest Williams. He is the son of Berline Williams who, with Gladys Hedgepeth, took legal action against Trenton’s Board of Education in 1944. The case was the precursor to Brown v. Board of Education, which prohibited racial segregation of school systems throughout the nation. Williams is the first African-American to graduate from Trenton Central High School and the first to serve as Trenton’s Chief of Police. Additional honorees will be Don Davis, who has served as director of MCCC’s Youth College programs for 28 years, and Tommy Gryce, long-time Trenton area music teacher and tutor, known as “the elder statesman of jazz.”

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jamal Eric Watson, assistant professor of English at MCCC, who will talk about the importance of giving back to one’s community.

Program participants will include the MCCC Youth College color guard, the Tommy Gryce Trio, jazz vocalist Doris Spears, the OneWay Dance Team, and presentations by MCCC Professors Renee Walker and Noreen Duncan.

Lucia Brown-Joseph, MCCC’s Black History Month coordinator and African American Student Organization adviser, said, “At MCCC we are committed to preparing this generation, and future generations, for a lifetime of continuous learning and serving others. Dr. King left a great legacy for us to follow.”

For more information call 609-570-3404.

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