First female AME bishop to visit EMU as part of MLK Day events
YPSILANTI – “The Struggle Continues…” is the theme of the 2005 celebration of Martin Luther King Day at Eastern Michigan University. The campus celebration, now in its 18th year, runs from Jan. 12-17 with many events occurring throughout campus. The public is invited to attend.
Highlighting the celebration is keynote speaker Bishop Vashti McKenzie, the first female bishop elected in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. McKenzie will deliver remarks at the President’s Luncheon, Jan. 17, noon, at the Ypsilanti Marriott at Eagle Crest, Lakeshore Ballroom. For ticket information, call 487-1221 or 487-2282.
The keynote address follows at 3 p.m. in Pease Auditorium. Admission is free.
“EMU honors Dr. King by taking this opportunity to reflect upon issues such as justice, equality and reconciliation,” said Jessica “Decky” Alexander, co-chair of the EMU MLK Celebration Committee and assistant professor in the EMU Communications and Theatre Arts Department. “Many of our sessions explore the struggle that accompanies sacrifice – struggles of race, culture identity, community and civility – and it does so through performance, discussion and lectures.”
Highlights of the MLK celebration are:
Wednesday, Jan. 12
Opportunity: Practical Lessons for Change. noon-1 p.m., Porter Building.
Thursday, Jan. 13
Friday, Jan. 14
Saturday, Jan. 15
Sunday, Jan. 16
Monday, Jan. 17
Opening Kick-off, Step, Look, Listen & Breakfast, 8:45-10 a.m., McKenny Ballroom.
All the following Monday morning events are held in McKenny Union, 10:05-11:35 a.m. unless otherwise noted.
Video Drop-In, all day, Halle Library G09.
Presidential Luncheon, 12-1:30 p.m., Eagle Crest Marriot Conference Center, For ticket information, contact 487-1221 or 487-2282.
Keynote Speaker Bishop Vashti McKenzie, 3 p.m., Pease Auditorium.
CloseUP Theatre Troupe, 4:15 p.m., Pease Auditorium.
College of Technology 25th Anniversary, 4:15-5:15 p.m., Tower Room.
March & Candlelight Walk, 5 p.m. from Pease to Multicultural Center.
Afterglow, 5:30 p.m., Multicultural Center Lounge, King Hall.
For questions about EMU’s Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration, call Alexander, 487.3179.
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 careers and lives, and to be better citizens.
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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