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Jan. 15, 2003
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California State University, Dominguez Hills
Joins 18th Annual "Kingdom Day Parade"

University's Diversity Reflects Dream of Equality by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Carson, Calif: - The cultural and racial diversity that symbolizes California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) will be on display during the 18th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. "Kingdom Day Parade" on Monday, Jan. 20, beginning at 11 a.m. in South Central Los Angeles.

Members from the CSU Dominguez Hills award-winning Tae Kwon Do Team, the Associated Students, Inc., and the Multicultural Center will represent CSUDH as they walk alongside the vehicle that carries University President James E. Lyons, Sr. through the two-mile parade route. The parade begins at the corner of Crenshaw and Martin Luther King, Jr. boulevards and ends at the intersection of Western Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

"The dream of equality and inclusiveness that guided the writings and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout his short life is one that we also embrace and pursue," President Lyons said. "We pride ourselves in claiming Cal State Dominguez Hills is a place where dreamers become achievers. As Dr. King dreamed years ago, we dare to believe that anything is possible as long as we are truly committed to achieving our goal. On Monday, we will join the thousands of people throughout Los Angeles and America who are committed to fulfilling their dreams."

President Lyons said the foundation to achieving any lifelong dream is through a solid education. "All of our more than 13,000 students understand that without a well-rounded education you can not expect to maximize your dreams," he said. "This is what we instill in our students to better equip them as they pursue their degrees."

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. championed the pursuit of a colorblind society that promised access to everyone. "The Cal State Dominguez Hills Tae Kwon Do Team also provides equal access and embodies a true microcosm of the university," stated Joel Colbert, associate dean and professor of teacher education, School of Education, who also holds a fifth-degree black belt and serves as instructor for the CSUDH Tae Kwon Do Team.

"Tae Kwon Do is limitless with regard to nationality, ethnicity or sex. As with the university as a whole, anyone and everyone can participate in this worthwhile endeavor which contributes to the physical, mental and spiritual growth of the whole person," said Colbert, who led the team to six first-place trophies at a recent national competition. "In that regard, Dr. King's philosophy of equality and freedom for all is manifested in Tae Kwon Do."

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