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LSU Alexandria taking reservations for MLK luncheon

Released: 12/23/2007

Reservations are being accepted through Jan. 23 for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon presented by LSU at Alexandria in support of the university''s Ebony Endowed Scholarship. The luncheon is Jan. 28 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Barbara Brumfield Caffey Annex.

August Thompson, a Catholic priest for more than 50 years, will speak on "Children of the Civil Rights Movement: A Tribute to Yolanda King." Yolanda King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., died last May. She is a former guest speaker at the LSUA luncheon. Thompson also will talk about other children of Civil Rights leaders, many of whom he has met.

Thompson''s story as a black priest has been featured in National Catholic Reporter. He is retired from the Diocese of Alexandria.

Reservations should be made with Dessie Williams, the school''s director of multicultural affairs, by calling 473-6473. Tickets are $10 and include a meal provided by Outback Steakhouse. Entertainment will be provided by a youth dance group directed by Sylvia Adkins.

The Ebony Scholarship, which was first awarded in 1985, supports an African American honor student with financial need. It is administered by the LSUA Foundation.

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