The University Record, January 14, 1998

Numerous University events commemorate King

Martin Luther King commemoration events calendar

By Bernie DeGroat
News and Information Services

The University will celebrate Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 19) with dozens of events beginning this week and running throughout January.

The MLK Symposium officially kicks off this Saturday (Jan. 17) with children's (ages 10 and older) storytelling sessions on the Nashville student lunch counter sit-ins at 1 p.m. and the Montgomery bus boycott at 3:30 p.m. The sessions will repeat at the same times on Jan. 19. Seating is limited to 50 persons. To reserve a place for any session, call Adrea Korthase or Terrell Cole at the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI), 936-1055.

Also on Jan. 17, John Trudell, former national chairman of the American Indian Movement and spokesperson for the Indians of All Tribes Occupation of Alcatraz Island in 1969, will give a talk at 6 p.m. at the Michigan League's Mendelssohn Theater.

On Sunday (Jan. 18), the Boys Choir of Harlem will perform at 7 p.m. at Hill Auditorium. Tickets are $12-$26 and are available at the University Musical Society box office in Burton Tower or by calling 764-2538.

Harvard scholar Cornel West, author of the best-selling Race Matters, will deliver the MLK Symposium Lecture at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Hill Auditorium. His talk will be followed by the Black Student Union's annual MLK Unity March beginning at noon at the corner of South University Avenue and Forest Street.

Monday afternoon, a panel discussion on affirmative action, featuring Provost Nancy Cantor and Co-General Counsel Elizabeth Barry, will take place 1-5 p.m. at Rackham Auditorium.

Also that afternoon, 1-6 p.m., hundreds of students, faculty and staff will take part in the community service project "Acting on the Dream" at dozens of local and Detroit-area community-based agencies. If interested in participating, call Project SERVE at 936-2437.

The Symposium events wrap up with a lecture by Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers union with Cesar Chavez, at 6 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 21) in Mendelssohn Theater.

In addition, about 75 unit-sponsored events will be held throughout the month, including an address by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Clarence Page at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Hale Auditorium, and a talk by Harvard sociologist Lawrence Bobo also at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Askwith Auditorium in Lorch Hall.

No classes are scheduled on Monday and faculty have been encouraged to assign attendance at activities and programs. In addition, supervisors have been encouraged to arrange workloads that day so that interested staff can attend programs of their choice.

For more information on MLK Symposium events, call Tara Young at OAMI, 936-1055, or send e-mail to