Colorado Commissioner of Education Dwight D. Jones to speak at 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration

Contact: Isaac Tufvesson

Communications Specialist, ALA OLOS

(312) 280-2140


For Immediate Release

January 13, 2009

CHICAGO – Dwight D. Jones, Colorado commissioner of education, will be the featured speaker at the 2009 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration at the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting.

Held at the Colorado Convention Center, room 201-207, the event takes place on Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, beginning at 6:30 a.m. and ending promptly at 7:30 a.m. Admission is free to paid ALA Midwinter Meeting registrants.

Jones has earned statewide recognition for narrowing and eliminating the achievement gaps related to minority children and students of low-socioeconomic means. Commissioner of education since June 2007, Jones’ bio is at:

The theme of the celebration, “A Testament of Hope: Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day on… Not a Day Off!” will honor the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership of ALA committees, round tables and affiliates from the liaison communities of the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) will read selected quotes from Dr. King’s speeches, writings and interviews.

Co-chair Virginia Moore, representing the Social Responsibilities Round Table’s (SRRT) Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Task Force, will open the program. Co-chair Andrew P. Jackson, (Sekou Molefi Baako), representing the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), will close the event with a presentation of "My Lord, What a Morning! A Testament of Hope." ALA President Jim Rettig and Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels will also participate.

Refreshments are generously sponsored by World Book, Inc.

For conference registration information, visit This event is supported by ALA’s Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, to learn more visit