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Lenoir-Rhyne University to Celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Fri Jan 11 2013

Lenoir-Rhyne University, in collaboration with other community organizations, will celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with several events in January. On Monday, January 21, Lenoir Rhyne will hold its MLK Day celebration.  This event will be held at the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on campus.  The event is free and open to public.  Mr. Dewey Harris, Assistant County Manager of Catawba County, will be the guest speaker.

Other events celebrating the life and the legacy and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King include:

Saturday, January 19
LRU MLK Day of Service
LR student organizations will volunteer their time at five local organizations – Centro Latino, The Corner Table, The Hickory Soup Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity Re-store Store, and the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministries.  The community is invited to participate in the important tribute to Dr. King’s service.

Sunday, January 20
Hickory Community MLK Celebration
Guest Speaker- Rev. Curtis Gatewood, Coordinator for the Historic Thousand on Jones Street (HKonJ) for the NC NAACP
3pm, Viewmont Baptist Church, Hickory NC

Monday, January 21
LRU MLK Celebration
Guest Speaker-Mr. Dewey Harris, Assistant County Manager for Catawba County
10am, P.E.  Monroe Auditorium
NAACP MLK March, Immediately following the LRU MLK Celebration
The march will begin at LRU and go to the Ridgeview community for a program honoring the life and the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Harris has been Assistant County Manager since August 2008 where he provides policy implementation and administrative oversight to approximately 600 employees in several departments engaged in providing a wide range of services to the public. Harris grew up in Connecticut and New Jersey, and has resided in North Carolina for the past 13 years.  Prior to coming to Catawba County, Harris served for nine years in Wilmington, North Carolina, in several positions including Interim Assistant City Manager, Director of the Community Services Department which focused on neighborhood capacity building, and Director of the Administrative Services Department.

Harris received his Bachelors degree in business from Rutgers University and his MBA in management from Sul Ross State University. Harris completed postgraduate studies at the Cascade Center for Public Policy, University of Washington; the Senior Executive Institute, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, University of Virginia; and the Public Executive Leadership Academy, University of North Carolina, School of Government.

Harris is active in our local community and has enjoyed visiting Lenoir Rhyne University at the invitation of Dr. Gordon Cappelletty to speak to convocation classes.  Harris currently serves as a member of the Catawba County Branch NAACP; President of the Catawba Valley Rotary Club; and the boards of Clinton’s Corner of Catawba, Inc.; the United Arts Council of Catawba County; and the Hickory Museum of Art.  Harris and his wife, Sandy, reside in Hickory, with their son, Duke, currently enrolled at CVCC, and a daughter Kenni, who attends Hickory High. This year the Harris family is hosting an exchange student from Indonesia, Silmi Ahya, who also attends Hickory High.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Emma Sellers, Director of Multicultural Affairs at Lenoir-Rhyne University, 828-328-7288

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