COLUMBIA — MU will receive a replica sculpture of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on Jan. 25.
The national memorial was dedicated in October 2011 by President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C.
Where: Missouri Theatre, 203 S. Ninth St.
When: 7 p.m. Jan. 25
Speakers: Ty Christian, chief marketing strategist of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation and MU alumnus
Larry Wilmore, correspondent on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart"
For more information: http://diversity.missouri.edu/mlk/
The replica will be presented next week at a ceremony during the MU Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. 2012 event. The event will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. A reception will precede the event from 6 to 7 p.m.
Ty Christian, a 1977 graduate of MU, will present the smaller replica of the memorial at the ceremony. Christian worked as chief marketing strategist on the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation.
Under his leadership, the foundation raised $115 million, according to a news release from the MU News Bureau.
Larry Wilmore, a correspondent on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," will be the keynote speaker.
Wilmore has received many awards, including an NAACP Image Award and an Emmy.
The ceremony will include the presentation of the University of Missouri Martin Luther King Jr. Award to an individual or organization in Boone County. This award recognizes extraordinary leadership and encouragement in furthering cultural diversity in the community.
This event is free and open to the public.