Martin Luther King Jr. Corner opens at Ongwediva

20 Feb 2014 14:30pm
ONGWEDIVA, 20 FEB (NAMPA) - A small library named the Martin Luther King Junior Corner was officially inaugurated at the Sam Nujoma Multi-purpose Centre here on Wednesday.
Martin Luther King Jr. was an American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.
The library was funded by the American Embassy.
It was officially inaugurated by Oshana Regional Governor Clemens Kashuupulwa in the presence of the American Embassy’s Charge d’ Affaires, Jeffrey Smith and Ongwediva Mayor Jason Asino.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Corner is the third to be established in Namibia after one in Walvis Bay in the Erongo Region and Keetmanshoop in the //Karas Region.
The libraries provide access to current and reliable information about the United States of America via book collections, the Internet and through local programmes to the general public.
Smith told those who attended the inauguration event that the corners are a celebration of the Americans’ great partnership with the Namibian people.
“With increased access to information, we promote cross-cultural understanding about our shared values and goals,” he said.
In his inauguration address, Kashuupulwa pointed out that the public affairs section of the US Embassy in Namibia has met his region, in particular the Ongwediva Town Council, halfway in establishing the Martin Luther King Jr. Corner at the town.
He said the Martin Luther King Jr. Corner at Ongwediva has answered half of his region’s long-time dream to have a library at the town.
Negotiations for the establishment of the library started in 2012, and it started operating in September 2013.