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Raleigh, NC (January 16, 2011) - As America pauses to honor and salute the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Shaw University joins in these reflections on the integrity, bravery, and vision of this great Civil Rights leader. Because of the vision, foresight and sacrifice of Dr. King, Shaw is the strong, forward-thinking, and relevant institution of higher learning that it is today.

Shaw also takes a moment to reflect on its own place within the history of the Civil Rights movement, evidenced in a recently found letter from Ella J. Baker, Shaw alum and co-founder of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Council, to Dr. King in preparation for the historic gathering that would lead to the founding of the organization.

The memo, addressed to Dr. King and Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy, is nearly prosaic focusing on the logistics concerning adult leadership of the student gather and housing of those in attendance, but provides an interesting and unique insight into both that gathering and Dr. King’s interest in the conference.

Shaw celebrated the life of Dr. King through a worship service Friday afternoon, and many Shaw faculty, staff and students will be taking part in events throughout the weekend.



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