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Events Scheduled to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King

Posted January 15, 1998 12:00 a.m. EST

— His goal was a color-blind society where people would be judged by their individual gifts, and not by the color of their skin. Thursday a week-long celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King's life and dream begins.

Crowds are gathering at Shaw University to remember the civil rights leader. The Shaw rally kicks off a week of events in the Triangle. While Monday is the official holiday memorializing King, Thursday is his actual birthday. That means there will be, as some see it, a 5-day-long celebration.

Shaw President, Dr. Talbert Shaw, says the school didn't want King's birthday to be trivialized.

Dr. Quincy Scott, Dean of Shaw's Boyd Chapel, said he wants to see King's dreams and ideas celebrated year-round.

Dr. Shaw said he doesn't understand why there aren't more observances scheduled for King's actual birthday. There was one other in the area scheduled for Thursday evening at Duke University.

Some high school students are also honoring King Thursday. The John Locke Foundation scheduled a debate and public discussion on King's legacy for 7 p.m. Thursday, at the First Baptist Church on South Wilmington Street in downtown Raleigh. Students from Sanderson, Broughton, Southeast Raleigh and Enloe high schools were invited to participate.

Photographer:Ed Wilson