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  Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium
Events highlight civil rights progress

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The 22nd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium kicked into high gear last week with performances, lectures and related activities throughout campus.
Academy Award-winning actor Lou Gossett Jr. delivers the keynote King Memorial Lecture Jan. 21 in Hill Auditorium. (Photo by Lin Jones, U-M Photo Services)

Lou Gossett Jr. delivered the keynote King Memorial Lecture Monday in Hill Auditorium. The Academy-award winning actor urged the crowd to recall a time when "connective tissue was there" to bind families and to take a stand against injustice.

"An Afternoon with Martin and Langston," which took place at the Power Center for the Performance Arts, featured the writings of civil rights pioneer King and poet Langston Hughes, as performed by actors Felix Justice and Ben Vereen, respectively.

Character and integrity was the focus of an address by former NFL star and current NBC correspondent Tiki Barber. During his speech at Rackham Auditorium he also spoke of how King's principles have affected his life.

Campuswide MLK programs will continue through February. For a complete listing of symposium events go to or the University Record events calendar at

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