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NAACP director to speak at memorial breakfast for slain civil rights leader

Hilary O. Shelton, director of the Washington, D.C., Bureau of the NAACP, will be the featured speaker at New Mexico State University's annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast Friday, Jan. 12. The breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the Corbett Center Ballroom.


Shelton will speak about continuing the movement for civil rights into the new millennium. The NAACP's Washington Bureau is the federal government affairs and legislative policy division of the civil rights organization.

"Remembering Our Heroes" is the theme of the breakfast sponsored by NMSU's Black Programs Office. Other highlights of the breakfast will include the presentation of the Racial Harmony Awards, recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. essay winners and the presentation of the Andrew L. Wall scholarships.

The 2001 Racial Harmony Award recipients will be NMSU Dean of Arts and Sciences E. Ren Casillas and retired Las Cruces Police Department Detective Joe Bob Sellers.

The Andrew L. Wall scholarships are awarded to selected seniors from area high schools who are planning to enroll at NMSU for the fall 2001 semester.

Essay contest winners are selected from Do¤a Ana County elementary, middle and high schools. Each winner will receive a $100 U.S. savings bond and a certificate of recognition.

Breakfast tickets are $15 with proceeds supporting scholarships, emergency loans and activities that enhance the quality of life for all NMSU students.

For tickets and reservations contact Black Programs at (505) 646-4208 or by e-mail at sjalford@nmsu.edu. NMSU's Black Programs office is located in Garcia Annex, room 135. Reservations can be faxed to (505) 646-1984 or e-mailed to sjalford@nmsu.edu. The deadline for reservations is 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, 2001.

Ivan Chavez
Jan. 9, 2001