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‘Everybody Can Be Great’ is theme of MLK Day commemoration

January 9, 2012

University of Wisconsin-Stout and Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts will mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 16, with a special event.

“Everybody Can Be Great: No Experience Required” is the theme for a commemoration from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts.

The event is part of UW-Stout’s Intersections film series sponsored by Ally Initiatives. Along with the Mabel Tainter, the co-host is UW-Stout’s Administrative and Student Life Services division. For more information, call 715-232-2503.

Other sponsors include the Menomonie Market Food Co-Op; Sustainable Dunn; UW-Stout's Office of International Education, LGBTQ Program Office and Black Student Union; Red Cedar Peace Initiative; Stepping Stones of Dunn County; and BookEnds on Main Street.

The event will include two documentary films and dialogue. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The first film, “The Children’s March,” begins at 6 p.m. The second film, “Brother Outsider,” begins at 7:30 p.m. The films look at important developments in the early 1960s civil rights movement led by King.

“Ally Initiatives’ student staff members thought it important to host dialogue about civil rights and personal civic responsibility. The theme was chosen to point out that a leader is not a leader unless there are people in the background who are also willing to take action,” said Mary McManus, assistant director of the UW-Stout Memorial Student Center.

“Dr. King was only able to accomplish what he did because of the support of hundreds of thousands of people in communities across the nation — people like those who live in western Wisconsin.”

The event is free and open to the public. Coffee and cider will be served between films.

UW-Stout will be closed Monday for the holiday.

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