Dreams were the battleground on which civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. fought against violence and injustice. In celebration of his dreams and effective efforts for peace and equality, Collin College will host a series of events themed, “Continuing the Dream: Remembering, Revitalizing and Recommitting Plano” on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Cary A. Israel, Collin College district president, said student and staff involvement in these events demonstrates the college community’s commitment to engagement, understanding and service. “Decades later, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life continues to inspire the future leaders in our community,” Israel said. “Our students, faculty and staff work collaboratively to ensure the equality and nonviolence King advocated for in the 1960s continues to flourish today.”

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration events include:

• 8 a.m. Power Leadership Breakfast: Speakers and a scholarship drawing for current Collin College students will kick off the day at 8.a.m. in the Collin College Spring Creek Campus Living Legends Conference Center.

• 11 a.m. Power/Community Unity Walk: Begins at the north parking lot of the Parker Road DART station (2600 Archerwood) and will involve students, staff and community members.

• 1 p.m. Service Projects: Students will be a part of rebuilding trails at local centers or  restoring, cleaning, stocking and moving furniture in partnership with the city of Plano  and Habitat for Humanity.

Evelyn McKnight, co-chair of the MLK Celebration Committee, said the community is encouraged to join in honoring the legacy and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Dr. King stood and fought for many universal issues. Some have been realized, as we speak today, and yet others have not, so the dream continues,” McKnight said. “We are looking forward to another great Power Breakfast featuring a panel discussion with the newly elected officials and a Collin College student presentation on Dr. King’s legacy.”

For more information, visit planomlk.org.

The December 2011 issue of McKinney Magazine features a story about King entitled "Peace on Earth; Goodwill Toward Men."

Official sites:

The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change: thekingcenter.org

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site (from National Park Service): nps.gov/malu

Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute: kinginstitute.info

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