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Community Martin Luther King Celebration Upcoming
Article By: by Austin College
Posted: 1/11/2013 Views: 3586  Impressions: 16773
Categories: Education, Entertainment: Events

SHERMAN, TEXAS-The ninth annual Grayson County Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Community Celebration Breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. Monday, January 21, in Mabee Hall of the Robert J. and Mary Wright Campus Center at Austin College. Grayson County Rotary groups and Austin College co-sponsor the event. Members of the community may attend at a cost of $10 per person, payable at the door.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Kenneth Martin, Austin College Class of 1983 and a shareholder at Quilling, Selander, Lownds, Winslett & Moser, P.C., where he practices primarily real estate and corporate law. A Dallas native, Martin has served as lead counsel in complex commercial development projects across North Texas and in mergers and acquisitions on behalf of Fortune 100 corporations.

After earning a bachelor's degree at Austin College in political science and economics, he completed a Master of Public Policy degree at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a law degree at the University of Texas School of Law.

Martin has served on various boards and advisory boards, and has been approached numerous times about running for public office. His interests in public policy and politics, he said, are the product not only of the Civil Rights and Peace movements of the 1960s and his own beliefs on civil rights but also stem from his time at the Kennedy School, his 5 years of work in and for the government, and his interests in children and education. He has been a guest on various radio talk shows and his "Life After Death" interview is played on a nationally syndicated talk show on the ABC radio network as part of a "Best Of" series.

Dr. Marjorie Hass, president of Austin College, will welcome guests. Junior Austin Brewster of Houston, Texas, will provide a student address. The Sherman Federated Choirs, led by Priscilla Mask and Tonia Childs, will provide special music.

Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the college is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope's influential book Colleges That Change Lives.

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