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Multicultural Center Hours The MC Connection A-State Multicultural Center Newsletter Mon—Thur February 2014 8:00 a.m.—9:00 p.m. Volume 2, Issue 5 Friday 8:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. “Not Just a Space, but a Place for All!” Letters to Soldiers for 2014 MLK Day of Civil Rights in America: 2014 Service Black History Month Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a vital Celebration also included the “We figure of the Civil Rights Movement, Live the Dream” Youth Explosion at encouraged everyone to participate City Youth Ministries on Saturday, in creating the “Beloved January 18th. The Craighead Community”. The A-State MLK Day County Community parade was on of Service was held on Monday, Monday, January 19th with various January 19th at the A-State and community Parker Park organizations Community Center. participating in the The service project march. Immediately was a collaboration following the march was between the North a program featuring Dr. Jonesboro Curtis Speed. The MLK Neighborhood Celebration concluded Volunteers writing letters at MLK Day Initiative, Volunteer with the A-State of Service. ASU, and the ACandlelight Vigil on State Multicultural Thursday, January Center. This year, volunteers wrote 23rd. ”It’s great to see students, letters to soldiers thanking them for staff, and faculty come together their service to our country and and celebrate freedom and what offering words of encouragement. Dr. King stood for,” stated Kayla “We had a great time at this year's Hardy, president of Hispanic MLK Day of Service project! Our Outreach & Latino Appreciation. students enjoyed writing letters to Representatives from various Athe American troops serving State organizations participated by overseas, and it was awesome to lighting candles in memory of see them interacting with each individuals who other and other community contributed to the members,” said Katey Provence of civil rights Volunteer ASU. Volunteers had the movement. opportunity to drop in during the HOLA member Jennifer afternoon to write letters. A-State Ulloa and Brother to students and community members Brother member Lakieven all contributed to the project. A total Braison at the MLK Candlelight Vigil. of 175 letters were written. 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. According to, the act, which prohibits the discrimination of all Famous photo from the Little kinds based on race, color, Rock Nine religion, or national origin, is the most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. The 2014 National Black History Month theme, Civil Rights in America, is the theme for the A-State Black History Month celebration. The month-long celebration is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans. The 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Black Student Association at MLK Community Parade. Photos courtesy of A-State yearbook “It is vital that we recognize the importance of the Civil Rights Act because it benefits us all. Throughout our Black History Month celebration, we aspire to educate others about this important piece of legislation that is just as important now as it was 50 years ago” says Niya Blair, director of the A-State Multicultural Center. The 2014 Black History Month celebration includes a diverse array of programs and Visit for a list of Black History Month events. Source: In this issue: An Evening of Reflection 2 MC Students: Leading out Loud! 2 Navigating Life as a NonTraditional Student 2

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