Eastern Michigan to celebrate life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during annual celebration

by Emily Vontom, Published January 11, 2012

Lani Guinier

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University will pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and legacy during the annual MLK President's Luncheon Monday, Jan. 16, 2012.

Lani Guinier, a civil rights attorney and the first tenured African American woman professor at Harvard University Law School, will deliver the keynote before the luncheon starting at 10 a.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.

The luncheon will start at 11:45 a.m. in the ballroom where there will be a presentation of the 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Awards. Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for faculty, staff and other community members.

MLK Day celebrations run Thursday, Jan. 12 through Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Events for the celebration include:

  • Jan. 12: Storytellers: Health Disparities, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., room 352 of the Student Center
  • Jan. 13: 11th Annual Color of Drums: When Believing is the Last Resort. Doors open at 7 p.m., the show starts at 7:30 p.m. in Pease Auditorium
  • Jan. 13: MLK Lock-In for EMU Students, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., The Rec/IM
  • Jan. 14: "H2E" Student Talent Showcase and Scholarship Competition. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. in Pease Auditorium.
  • Jan. 16: MLK Breakfast, 7:45 a.m., room 300 of the Student Center
  • Jan. 16: Keynote Address, 10 a.m., Student Center Auditorium (with overflow in 310 Student Center)
  • Jan. 16: Close-Up Theater Troupe presentation, 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., Student Center Auditorium
  • Alpha Phi Alpha March: 6-6:30 p.m., departing from the South entrance of the Student Center
  • Jan. 17, 2011: Book discussion of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s book, "The Strength of Love," 5 p.m., Student Center Auditorium

More activities will be added as the celebration draws closer.

Eastern Michigan University has a long and storied tradition of discourse, learning opportunities, creative expression and community building in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. For more information, visit emich.edu/mlk.

Emily Vontom

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