MLK Week Kick-off Today With Ugandan Children's Choir

Tampa, Fla. (Jan. 15, 2008) – The official kick-off of the University of South Florida's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is today from noon to 4 p.m., featuring the Watoto Children’s Choir of Uganda's  Concert of Hope.  The children are part of the Watoto Child Care Ministries, an organization providing support to Ugandan children who lost one or both of their parents to AIDS or to civil war.  This and the rest of the week’s events are free and open to the public.


Highlights of the MLK Celebration at USF include:


Tuesday, Jan. 15:

Celebration Kick-off – 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Plaza.  The celebration opens with singing by the Watoto Children’s Choir of Uganda followed by the group’s Concert of Hope from 2:30 to 3:50 p.m., Martin Luther King Plaza; sponsored by the USF Office of Multicultural Affairs.  For more information about the choir, visit:


Wednesday, Jan. 16:

National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) Prejudice Reduction Workshop, sponsored by the USF Office of Multicultural Affairs,  2 to 4 p.m., Phyllis P. Marshall Center, Room 296.


Friday, Jan. 18:

The Fannie Lou Hamer Story: A Tribute to the Mother of Voter’s Rights, starring mZuri, 12 noon to 2 p.m., sponsored by the USF Office of Multicultural Affairs and USF Center for Civic Engagement and Volunteerism.  For more information about mZuri, visit:  (This event will serve as part of the training for a group of 16 USF students who will participate in this year’s Freedom Ride trips though historic civil rights sites scheduled for May 6 to 11.)


Saturday, Jan. 19:

Stampede of Service ’08; 8 a. m. to 3 p.m., kick-off in MLK Plaza; sponsored by the USF Center for Civic Engagement and Volunteerism and USF Student Government.


To view the full schedule for the 21st Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, visit:


The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  It is one of Florida's top three research universities.  USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. The University offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine.  The University has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland.  USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference. 

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