Town residents, University students and staff celebrate Martin Luther King holiday

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017
by jtalaric

Town of Princeton residents and Princeton University students and staff gathered on campus Monday, Jan. 16, for a community breakfast to celebrate the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"I stand here today to tell everyone that we are one community, that we have more in common than we actually realize," said Princeton Councilman Lance Liverman, the featured speaker. The program at the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding drew nearly 150 people and included an up-tempo performance by the Unity Choir of Princeton's First Baptist Church.

Liverman was introduced by University Vice President and Secretary Robert Durkee, who noted that the program was being held in the Carl Fields Center, named for "a man who played a singular role in bringing diversity and inclusion to our campus, and in promoting ties between our students and the community."

Fields was a Princeton dean who was the first African American to hold such a high-ranking post at an Ivy League school. He died in 1998.

Liverman noted that in previous years he was a regular attendee at the King Day celebration that the University held in Richardson Auditorium. This year, Princeton began observing Martin Luther King Day as a University holiday, so that event was changed to the more informal community breakfast.

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