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Jan. 11, 2006
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Minnesota Supreme Court Justice highlights EMU's week-long celebration of Martin Luther King

YPSILANTI - “Justice for All?” is the theme of Eastern Michigan University’s 2006 celebration of Martin Luther King Day, scheduled Jan. 12-16. Most events are free and open to the public.

Minnesota Supreme Court Justice and NFL Hall of Famer Alan Page will highlight the celebration as the keynote speaker. Page will deliver remarks at the President’s Luncheon Monday, Jan. 16, noon, at the Ypsilanti Marriott at Eagle Crest, Lakeshore Ballroom. For ticket information, call 487-2282.

Page’s keynote address follows at 3 p.m. in Pease Auditorium. Admission is free.

“This marks the 20th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Celebration,” said Jessica “Decky” Alexander, associate professor of communication and theatre arts. “He (Page) had a quote at the beginning of his Web site that says, ‘Without due process and the fairness it ensures, America will become like those countries across the globe where the rule of law simply cannot compete with the rule of power or the rule of fear.’ His quote, and because he is a State Supreme Court Justice, were catalysts for this year’s theme. We also felt, given the times, there are several challenges to civil liberties. Is there really such a thing as justice for all?”

As part of the MLK celebration, the MLK Committee is coordinating a food and personal care drive to benefit SOS Community Services in Ypsilanti. EMU students and staff started SOS 20 years ago. To help SOS assist families in crisis, food and care items will be collected at the following MLK Events:

  • BSOA Dinner, Thursday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m., McKenny Union Ballroom.
  • Color of Drums, Friday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m., Pease Auditorium.
  • Hip Hop Explosion, Saturday, Jan. 14, 8 p.m., Pease Auditorium.
  • Lock-In, Saturday, Jan. 14, 10 p.m., Bowen Field House.
  • Nothin' Said, Sunday, Jan. 15, 4 p.m., Sponberg.
  • Breakfast Monday, Jan. 16, 8:30 a.m., McKenny Union Ballroom.
  • Keynote speech, Monday, Jan. 16, 3 p.m., Pease Auditorium.

The events, which span a week, provide opportunities for the campus community to engage in dialogue and discussion about equality, justice, injustice, truth and reconciliation in the community.

The MLK schedule, which includes more than 25 events, starts Jan. 12 and is as follows:

Thursday, Jan. 12

  • Walk to the Mountain Top: Walk and Rally for Justice, 3:45 p.m. and 5 p.m., begin at McKenny Union.
  • Diversity Town Hall Meeting: Speaking of Justice in our EMU Community, 1-3 p.m., Porter Building.
  • The Black Student Organizational Alliance (BSOA) presents, “Progress through the

Storm” annual dinner and forum, 7 p.m., McKenny Union Ballroom.

Friday, Jan. 13

  • 58th Annual Color of Drums: Progress Through Poetry, 8 p.m., Pease Auditorium.

Saturday Jan. 14

  • Hip Hop Talent Explosion, 8 p.m., Pease Auditorium.
  • 14th ‘Ol School lock-in, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Bowen Field House.

Sunday, Jan. 15

  • Nothing Said, 4-6 p.m., Sponberg Theatre, Quirk Building.
  • Tolstoy to Ghandi to King: The Road to Justice, 7-8 p.m., First-Year Center.

Monday, Jan. 16

  • Opening Kick-off, Step, Look, Listen & Breakfast, 8:30-10 a.m., McKenny Union Ballroom.

All of the following Monday morning events are scheduled in McKenny Union, 10:05-11:35 a.m., unless otherwise noted.

Stories of Justice: 6 Figures Playback Theatre Company, Tower Room.

Economic Political and Social Justice, Reception Room.

The History and Legacy of Student Protest at EMU, Faculty Room.

The Invisibility Minority in the Schools – Challenges for LGBT students, teachers and families, Founders Room.

For Young People Grades K-5, Guild Hall.

Community Creed Focus Group, main floor.

Mighty Times Rosa Parks Story, Intermedia Gallery.

In the Footsteps of King — Activism and the Ministry, Alumni Room.

Civil Rights Movement — Stories from Past, Present and Future, student lounge, Porter Building.

  • Presidential Luncheon, noon-1:30 p.m., Eagle Crest Marriott Conference Center. For ticket information, call 487-1221.
  • Keynote Speaker Alan Page, 3 p.m., Pease Auditorium.
  • CloseUP Theatre Troupe, 4:15 p.m., Pease Auditorium.
  • March & Candlelight Walk, 5:15 p.m., from Pease Auditorium to The Lake House.
  • Afterglow, 5:30 p.m., The Lake House.

For questions about EMU’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, call Alexander at 487.3179 or go to cot.emich.edu/mlk/events2.htm.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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