Martin Luther King Celebration At Willamette University Jan. 23

The Rev. James Lawson Jr. and the Harlem Gospel Choir will be featured in this year's Martin Luther King day celebration at Willamette University Friday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. in Smith Auditorium.

Rev. Lawson, referred to as "the teacher of the civil rights movement," is a former Methodist missionary who became a prominent Christian leader in the American South. A student of the nonviolent protest techniques of Mahatma Gandhi, Lawson later joined forces with Martin Luther King Jr. to become a principal architect of the African American civil rights struggle. His workshops on techniques and strategies of nonviolent resistance guided the Nashville sit-ins and boycott and became what King called the model of the movement. Lawson continues to lecture and teach on practical applications of nonviolent resistance.

Joining the Rev. Lawson is the Harlem Gospel Choir. The choir, originally founded in 1986, has performed around the world with such notables as U2, Sir Paul McCartney, The Chieftains, and Diana Ross. The theme of every performance is "bringing people and nations together and giving something back."

Tickets for the general public are $5 and are available at the University Center Information Desk beginning at 5 p.m. on Wed, Jan. 21. For additional information please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 503-370-6265.