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Jan. 16, 2003
DH-03 TK 003
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Cal State Dominguez Hills' President
Delivers Keynote Address During Martin Luther King Breakfast

"Building Solidarity and Energizing our Faith through Action"

CARSON, Calif. - California State University, Dominguez Hills' president, Dr. James E. Lyons, Sr., will deliver the keynote address during a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "Prayer Breakfast" at Verbum Dei High School, 11101 South Central Avenue, on Monday, Jan. 20 at 8:30 a.m. President Lyons will speak from the theme: "Building Solidarity and Energizing our Faith Through Action."

"History teaches us that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an exceptional person who possessed the power to rally people from varying backgrounds and instill a sense of excitement within them, and then harness that growing synergy in a way that resulted in alliances that benefited our society as a whole," Lyons said. "To me, this symbolizes the process of building solidarity."

President Lyons said it is important for students to begin taking critical evaluations of society at the high school level and work to implement changes that they see necessary. "It is through our faith in each other and our ability to work together, that our solidarity in purpose will manifest itself into a society that fulfills the dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."

Verbum Dei High School has achieved distinction as having a student body that is fully engaged in reading about people who have made an impact on American history. Principal Ben Callaway said the prayer breakfast is an opportunity for students to experience the continued impact of an American whom they have studied on many occasions. "Our students understand that religion played a major role in the way Dr. King pursued his goal of equal justice for all people," Callaway said.

For tickets, call the African American Catholic Center for Evangelization at (323) 357-0523. The cost for the prayer breakfast is $12.

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