Jan. 10, 2003
CONTACT: Summer Wilhelm

Eastern Michigan University Celebrates Life of Martin
Luther King Jr. with a Week of Special Events Jan 15-20

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University will honor the memory of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a series of special events taking place Jan. 15-20.

Events include a celebration of music, poetry, and rhythm with the "Step, Song and Speech Breakfast," the opening kick-off to a full day of Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations, Monday, Jan. 20, 9-10 a.m., Ballroom, McKenny Union. The event features the Black Greek Council "Unity Step Performance," the Diversion Dance Troupe and the EMU Concert Choir. Speech students, staff and faculty will read excerpts from Dr. King's essays.

A complete list of events can be found at and all events are free unless noted. For more information, contact Campus Life Programs at 734.487.3045.

Other events include:

Wednesday, Jan. 15
Second Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Heritage Celebration, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Dining Commons ONE. Guests include EMU professor and nationally known author Heather Neff, the EMU Gospel Choir and the EMU Jazz Ensemble. Cost is $6.10 for non-residential students.

Thursday, Jan. 16
Black Students Organization Association Dinner, 7 p.m., Ballroom, McKenny Union. Guest speakers include LaToya Holmes, an EMU alumna and local business owner, and Derrick Davis, program coordinator of EMU's freshman mentorship program. Semi-formal dress.

Friday, Jan. 17
"Color of Drums," a celebration of spoken word, movement and song, Pease Auditorium, 8 p.m. Coordinated by the Poetry Society.

Lock-in, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Rec/IM, second and third floors. Highlights include: Diversion Dance Troupe, staff/student basketball tournament, speak-out sessions and a rap session.

Saturday, Jan. 18
Hip Hop Explosion, 7 p.m., Pease Auditorium. The event includes: the Fourth Annual Student Talent Competition, a performance of Amiri Baraka's poem, "Somebody Blew Up America," the Poetry Society and the Diversion Dance Troupe.

Sunday, Jan. 19
Afternoon of Faith, 3 p.m., Roosevelt Auditorium. The event features "The Meeting," a short play that examines what would have happened if Dr. King and Malcolm X had met. The EMU Gospel Choir and Dancers with David are also part of the performance.

Monday, Jan. 20
President's Luncheon, noon-1:30 p.m., Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt Road. Manning Marable, professor of history and political science at Columbia University, is the keynote speaker. For tickets, call the Convocation Center box office at 487.2282.

"Game of Life," 10:15-11:45 a.m., Ballroom, McKenny Union, an interactive session explores the issues of race, culture and identity.