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Dramatic presentation scheduled to commemorate King birthday

STANFORD -- The Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project at Stanford will present "A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr." at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, the day on which the late civil rights leader's birthday is celebrated.

The program will be a dramatic presentation of the words of King and several of his contemporaries, including Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael, Coretta Scott King, the Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. and President John F. Kennedy.

Stanford President Gerhard Casper will read the part of Kennedy; Provost Condoleezza Rice will read the part of Coretta Scott King; Tom Massey will read the part of Malcolm X; and the Rev. Floyd Thompkins of Stanford Memorial Church will read the part of Martin Luther King Jr.

The Stanford Gospel Choir also will participate in the program, which will be directed by Victor Leo Walker II. The program is free and open to the public. Sponsors include the King Papers Project at Stanford, the Mid-Peninsula NAACP, the San Jose Mercury News, Ernst & Young Northern California Division, KNTV Channel 11, Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., University National Bank and Trust, Wyse Technology and the Associates of the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project.

The script for the presentation is based on Passages of Martin Luther King, a play written by Clayborne Carson, Stanford history professor and director and senior editor of the King Papers Project. Passages, which is based on research and documents gathered at the King Papers Project, premiered at Stanford in April 1993.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project at Stanford is a research center dedicated to the publication of a 14-volume edition of King's letters, sermons, speeches and writings, both published and unpublished. Carson was selected by Coretta Scott King to be director and senior editor in 1985.

The project is one of the only major research projects in the world dedicated to an African American of contemporary relevance, and also is a major training center for students from Stanford and other universities.

For more information about the presentation or about the King Papers Project, call Lin Altan at (415) 725-8828. (King's actual birthday is Jan. 15, but the holiday falls on the third Monday of January.)



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