Upper Iowa University has invited Dr. Dwight
C. Watson, dean of the College of Education at
the University of Northern Iowa, to be guest
speaker at MLK Day celebration program.
FAYETTE, Iowa (January 3, 2012) –Upper Iowa University will host a Martin Luther King Day celebration on Monday, Jan. 16. Dr. Dwight C. Watson, dean of the College of Education at the University of Northern Iowa, will be guest speaker at the 3:30 p.m. event in the Student Center ballroom on the Fayette campus, with a reception to follow in the Student Center atrium. The public is invited to attend.
All attendees are asked to gather in the lobby of the Andres Center at 3:15 p.m. prior to the programmed events for a symbolic reenactment of the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965. Guests will link arms and walk from the Andres Center to the Student Center on campus.
Watson earned his B.A. and M.Ed. in elementary education from the University of South Carolina and his Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in reading and writing literacy from North Carolina State University. His current research interests are curriculum integration, children's literature, and conflict resolution, and he conducts numerous local, state, national, and international workshops on his research interests as well as other areas of reading and writing literacy. Watson taught elementary and middle grades for ten years in Raleigh, N.C. and Sumter, S.C.; taught on the university level for seven years as an assistant and associate professor of education and the director of elementary programs at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C.; has been a central office administrator for a large, urban district; and served as the language arts program director, supervising the language arts, reading, and writing curriculum and staff development for 64 elementary schools, as well as orchestrated programs for Title I and Reading Recovery before teaching at the university level as a professor at several colleges.
Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. One of the most celebrated holidays in the U.S., it honors the life and achievements of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transportation and for racial equality. He was also an advocate of nonviolent protest and became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968.
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