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Clarion University is working with local organizations, charities and churches to host a community breakfast, “The King Legacy: Inspiring a New Generation of Diversity,” to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 8 a.m. Jan. 21 at the American Legion, Main Street, Clarion.

Keynote speaker will be Mel Witherspoon, who grew up during the 1960s civil rights era and was a standout basketball player at Gannon College. He founded Spoon’s Summer Basketball League, which provides a basketball event and educational services to Erie’s inner-city youth. Witherspoon, who benefited from the activities of King, is a member of Erie Rotary Club and became its first African-American president in 1995. He works full time for the Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General and was recently elected to Erie City Council.

In addition to Witherspoon’s talk, Clarion County Community Choir will open the program, and winners of Clarion Free Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. poster and essay contests for local students will share their work.

The breakfast is sponsored by Clarion University Community Relations Committee and various Clarion community organizations, charities and churches.

Those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable food item. Cost is $7 at the door, but RSVP is requested by emailing or calling 814-393-2572. Chartwells Dining Services will cater the meal.

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1/11/2013 1:49 PM

Clarion University marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day with community breakfast