Actor, producer, director and community activist Edward James Olmos will deliver the keynote address for the Universitys commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. More than 75 events, including workshops, lectures and performances, are scheduled under the theme Commitment and Renewal.
This is the 14th year the University has celebrated Martin Luther King Day, in what continues as one of the largest and most comprehensive series of events in the country.
In a message in the events brochure, President Lee C. Bollinger noted, A commitment to diversity is one of Michigans most cherished values. The University can take great pride that it begins each new year by coming together on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to participate in an ongoing dialogue with distinguished speakers.
Bollinger notes also that the commemoration is an opportunity to reaffirm our appreciation of the wide range of perspectives and talents brought to the University by students, faculty and staff from a variety of backgrounds.
Olmos will deliver the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture on the commemoration theme at 10 a.m. Jan. 15 in Hill Auditorium.
The actor is perhaps most widely known for his portrayal of Jaime Escalante in the 1987 film Stand and Deliver, which was based on actual events. Escalante is a mathematics teacher in a school in a Hispanic neighborhood. Convinced that his students have potential, he adopts unconventional teaching methods to try and turn gang members and those who seem to have no hope for themselves into some of the countrys top algebra and calculus students.
In 1999, Olmos launched a nationwide multimedia project, Americanos: Latino Life in the United States, that is a celebration of Latino culture through photography, film, music and the printed word.
He also is the executive director of the Lives in Hazard Education Project, a national gang prevention program funded by the U.S. Department of Justice.
A reception for Olmos will be held at 5 p.m. Jan. 14 in the East Hall Atrium.
Children of all ages are invited to attend the MLK Day Childrens Program, which begins at 9 a.m. Jan. 15 in Mendelssohn Theatre. Sponsored by the School of Education, School of Social Work and 2001 MLK Symposium Planning Committee, the program features a full day of cultural and educational activities.
Included are performances by the Mosaic Youth Choir, the Indian American Student Association, Robert Jones (Blues for Schools) and impersonator Kemba, who portrays historical African American women in a dramatic one-woman show.
Following a pizza lunch, a series of educational workshops will be led by School of Education students and volunteers. The animated documentary Our Friend Martin will be shown.
More than 300 children from Ann Arbor and surrounding communities have attended this program in prior years, and teachers and parents are encouraged to bring their children this year.
Among other activities are:
Marable is professor of history and political science and the founding director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University. He is the author of 13 books and recently initiated a new quarterly journal, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, which examines theoretical issues within Black America, Africa and the Caribbean.
Project SERVE-Campus Programs/Spark and the 2001 MLK Symposium Planning Committee welcome participation by faculty, staff and students in an afternoon of service activities at various community-based agencies in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area. Transportation is provided to and from community sites.
For information, contact Shelly Hundiwal, (734) 327-4878 or email@example.com.,
Michael Eric Dyson, scholar and author of the controversial book, I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King Jr., will speak at this program, sponsored by the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, School of Social Work and Department of Communication Studies. His remarks will be preceded by a short film about King created for children.
Check the Web at www.mlksymposium.org for additional events.