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Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr – Korean Americans Participate in the National Day of Service

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For Immediate Release
January 16, 2009

Contacts:
HyunJoo Lee, NAKASEC, 323-937-3703
Jino Jung, KRC, 323-937-3718
Sik Son, KRCC, 773-588-9158

Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Korean Americans Participate in the National Day of Service

(Los Angeles, CA) – In celebration of the life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., President-elect Barack Obama’s Presidential Inaugural Committee made a special call for community-based organizations to organize activities and events for a national day of service. Answering that call, the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) and its affiliates, Korean American Resource & Cultural Center (KRCC) in Chicago and Korean Resource Center (KRC) in Los Angeles, will hold events. All events may be viewed at http://usaservice.org/page/content/calltoservice/.

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was dedicated to building a more equal and just society, a better society that protects the rights and dignity of all people in the country. Since its founding by local centers in 1994, NAKASEC works to project a national progressive voice on major civil rights and immigrant rights issues and promote the full participation of Korean Americans. We are honored to participate in the celebration by hosting activities where different generations can come together to learn and discuss the impact Dr. King has had on all of our lives, including immigrants and minorities living in the U.S.,” said EunSook Lee, executive director of NAKASEC.

For more information on either event, please contact HyunJoo Lee at 323-937-3703:

Free Citizenship Clinic (Los Angeles, CA)
Date: January 19, 2009
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Place: 900 S. Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90019
Description: Korean Resource Center and NAKASEC will hold a free citizenship clinic that will be accompanied by a bilingual children’s reading circle where books regarding the life of Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement will be read to children and parents seeking citizenship assistance.

Children’s Social Justice Reading Circle (Des Plaines, IL)
Date: January 19, 2009
Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Place: 2434 E. Dempster Street, Suite 109, Des Plaines, IL 60016
Description: Korean American Resource and Cultural Center and NAKASEC invite parents and their children for an event for the entire family. A bilingual and interactive children’s reading circle will touch upon the history and importance of the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King’s life. To reflect upon this history, the children will explore through drawing, spoken word, or theater connections between the history of the civil rights movement and their lives as Korean Americans & immigrants, as well as share how to feels to have the first African American president.