DU PONT HOLDS THREE EVENTS HONORING DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
WILMINGTON, Del., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Du Pont (NYSE: DD) has honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with three activities focused on cultural diversity: a commemoration for Du Pont employees and the University of Delaware community, an all-day forum for school-age children of Du Pont employees, and an educational program for high- school students and the community. "A DAY OF CELEBRATION" commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was held today for Du Pont employees and the university community in the Bob Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware in Newark. Sponsored by Du Pont in cooperation with the University of Delaware, a diverse team comprising 40 Du Ponters and university employees produced the third annual event. The program featured a keynote address by Dr. C. Delores Tucker, president of the MLK Association for Non-Violent Change and chairperson of the Democratic National Committee Black Caucus; remarks by Du Pont Chairman Edgar S. Woolard Jr. and University of Delaware President David P. Roselle; and musical selections by the Du Pont Diversity Choir and the University of Delaware Gospel Choir. "As we gather today to honor Dr. King, we must consider the implications of the principles of justice and democracy he espoused -- recognizing both the progress that has been made as well as the potential not yet achieved," said Du Pont Chairman Edgar S. Woolard Jr. "Our recognition of equality among all people and our respect and value for each other in the workplace and in all of our relationships are the kind of actions that will help us make Dr. King's vision a reality." "The University of Delaware is honored to be a partner with the Du Pont Company in today's celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man whose contributions to human awareness and understanding both endure and inspire, a man who was, in essence, a teacher of us all," said David P. Roselle, president of the University of Delaware. "As we work to enhance understanding of diverse cultures on our campus and beyond, we welcome this time of reflection on Dr. King's inspiring life and accomplishments." Du Pont's "SCHOOL'S OUT" diversity awareness program for children of employees also was held today at the Wilcastle Center of the University of Delaware. The program, conducted by employees of the Anti-Defamation League and Du Pont, included games, art projects, videos and discussions focused on appreciating differences in people and making new friends. An EDUCATIONAL CONVOCATION was held last night at Howard Career Center. The program included a keynote address by Jeanne D. Nutter, Ph.D., assistant professor at William Paterson College in Wayne, N.J., an awards ceremony honoring local high-school students and winners of an essay contest on "Valuing Diversity," and musical selections by the Russell Delegation. Following the program, a reception was held for students, their teachers and parents; representatives from minority colleges and universities; and community members. /delval/ -0- 1/18/93 /CONTACT: Loretta Clevenger of Du Pont, 302-774-6695/ (DD)
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