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Updated: February 19, 2013 3:00PM



The public is invited to Purdue University North Central for the 18th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 21, in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building cafeteria.

The featured speaker will be Danita Johnson Hughes, CEO of Edgewater Systems for Balanced Living, a certified mental health center in Indiana providing behavioral health and child welfare services for citizens of Gary and Northwest Indiana.

The day will feature activities at PNC and in the community; all are free and open to the public.

The doors open at 7:15 a.m. for the breakfast to be served at 7:30. The program will begin at 8.

Reservations are not required. Breakfast attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to local food pantries.

Angela Jackson, executive director of the Michigan City Human Rights Department, will serve as the emcee.

After the breakfast, the panel discussion, “We Walked with Martin,” moderated by Amanda Bates, will look at King’s accomplishments, his dreams and aspirations for the United States, his continuing impact on the nation and what still needs to be accomplished.

Breakfast speaker Johnson Hughes will address her most recent book, “Influencing Today’s Youth: Sharing the Behaviors, Expectations and Aspirations of Tomorrow’s Leaders,” and how it relates to King’s legacy.

Johnson Hughes earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public administration from Indiana University Northwest in Gary. She earned a second master’s degree in social service administration, a graduate certificate in health administration and policy from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in human services from Walden University in Minneapolis.

Johnson Hughes serves on the advisory board of the Professional Woman Network, is a member of the Indiana Commission on Mental Health and the Indiana Council of Community Mental Health Centers.

She serves on the boards of directors for Calumet College of St. Joseph, One Region One Vision for Northwest Indiana’s Quality of Life, The Northwest Indiana Forum and the Northwest Indiana Economic Development District.

Johnson Hughes is a member of the Northern Indiana Links and “E” Engaging Northwest Indiana Women. She has been honored for her professional work, including recognition from the two most-recent Indiana governors with the Distinguished Hoosier Award and the Indiana Black Expo Award for Health and Fitness.

Pianist Roscoe Hoffman will perform as guests enjoy their breakfast. The morning’s program will include the choir from Revival Center Church of God in Christ from Michigan City, under the direction of Pastor and Superintendent Dewitt L. Jackson Sr.

PNC students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to join one of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day service projects taking place throughout the area.

From 10 a.m. to noon, Dr. Mary Jane Eisenhauer, assistant professor of early childhood education; Debra Pratt, continuing lecturer of education, and students in the PNC Department of Education student organizations Purdue Learning About Young Children in Education (PLAYCE) and Kappa Delta Pi, the education honor society, will travel to the Michigan City Public Library to lead a series of activities for children.

All children are welcome to attend, but activities are intended for ages 2 to 12. Hands-on activities will focus on the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

For more information about the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Breakfast, email Laura Weaver, PNC service learning coordinator, at laweaver@pnc.edu or call her at (219) 785-5742.

Persons with disabilities who require special accommodations also should contact Weaver.



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