Andrew Young, friend of MLK Jr., to speak

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Casey Cargle

Andrew Young, Ph.D., will speak to students tomorrow to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Young was a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr. and was with the Civil Rights leader the day he was assassinated.

The Multicultural Student Center is hosting the event, and sent out a survey to the students to find out whom they wanted to hear from and Young was selected.

“I was very surprised and excited that the students chose Doctor Young,” Dorcy Baldwin, director of MSC, said.

Young will talk to students about the Civil Rights Movement, being there and creating history, and about how to take what Dr. King taught the world and move forward in unification.

“The theme for this is moving forward in unity, like how do we take the ideals and lessons from Dr. King and move forward,” Baldwin said.

This year the MSC decided to make MLK Jr. Day more than just a one-day event. MSC sent information out to students before break, telling them about the essay contest, the winners of which will have the opportunity to eat dinner with Young.

“It’s exciting because I remember learning about him in school and seeing him in the news, I think it will be a great experience young and old,” Baldwin said.

Students can tweet or send an email to MSC if they have a question for Young that they would like answered at the event.