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JMU hosts events to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

by Caitlyn Read


Throughout the week of Jan. 20, James Madison University students, faculty and staff will serve the community, volunteer, and have broad discussions to celebrate the life and societal contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Members of the media are invited to cover the following events.

Ray Suarez Speaking Event
Monday, January 20, Wilson Hall Auditorium at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

JMU’s Center for Multicultural Student Services will host Ray Suarez. Suarez spent 14 years as a correspondent and anchor at PBS News Hour, public television’s nightly newscast. He has covered 9/11, four presidential elections, reported from the floor of seven political party conventions, moderated two presidential primary debates, and reported from the Haitian earthquake among many other local and global disasters. The event is free and open to the public.

March and Speak Out
Thursday, January 23

The public is also invited to join the JMU community for a march that will begin at 3:50 p.m. Participants will march to reflect on the contributions of Dr. King and will make several stops before concluding with a “speak out” in the Madison Union Ballroom.

Student Volunteer Opportunity
Friday, January 24

This year’s student community service project will be in partnership with the Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority. This event is open to students, with media invited to cover.

Media contact: Caitlyn Read, 540-568-5325 or 


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Published: Monday, January 13, 2020

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 3, 2021

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