FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Jan. 14, 2002

Contact: Ward Mullens

734.487.4400

ward.mullens@emich.edu

 


EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY CELEBRATES LIFE OF

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WITH A WEEK OF SPECIAL EVENTS

 

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University will honor the memory of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with "Equality Revisited," a series of special events in January. Events run Jan. 16-23.

Events include a celebration of music, poetry and rhythm with special guest Umar Ben Hassar of the Last Poets; "UMOJA, a Unity Dinner"; performances by EMU's CloseUp Theatre Troupe, Diversion Dance Troupe and EMU Gospel Choir; and "Step, Song, Speech & Breakfast," Monday, Jan. 21, the opening kick-off to a full day of Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations.

A complete list of "Equality Revisited" events can be found at http://cot.emich.edu/mlk

All events are free unless noted. For more information, contact Campus Life Programs at 734.487.3045.

Wednesday, Jan. 16

"Lani Guinier: Race, Gender & American Society, a campus discussion," 7 p.m., Roosevelt Auditorium. Panelists: Barry Pyle, political science; Linda Kinczkowski, business and technology education; Heather Neff, English; Caroline Sanders, continuing education; Samara Cunningham, EMU-National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Thursday, Jan. 17

Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon - 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Dining Commons One. Guests include Whitney Harris, EMU director of diversity, and the EMU Gospel Choir. Luncheon is $5.80 for non-housing students and staff.

"UMOJA, a Unity Dinner," 7 p.m., McKenny Union Ballroom. Guest speaker Lynette Findley, director of The Holman Learning Center; EMU's Gospel Choir performs.

"Martin Luther King, Jr. On the Web," an exploration of Web sites, search techniques and evaluation, 3 p.m., Halle Library, Room 111. Facilitated by Margaret Best and Lisa Klopfer, Halle Library.

Friday, Jan. 18

"Color of Drums," a celebration of music, poetry and rhythm with special guest Umar Ben Hassar of the Last Poets, 7:30 p.m., Pease Auditorium. Celebrate the sounds and words of various cultures.

Saturday, Jan. 19

Lock-in, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., 2nd & 3rd Floor of Rec/IM. Highlights include: Diversion Dance Troupe, Slam Dunk Contest, and Speak-Out sessions, opportunities to listen to and share views on diversity today.

Sunday, Jan. 20

Interfaith Gathering, 4 p.m., Roosevelt. Speakers include Rev. Horace Sheffield, president of the Michigan chapter of the National Action Network.

Monday, Jan. 21

President's Luncheon, noon, Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt Road. Lani Guinier, a former presidential nominee to head the civil rights division of the Justice Department, is the keynote speaker. Tickets are $32. Call 734.487.2282.

For a complete listing of all events for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, contact Campus Life programs at 734.487.3045, or visit www.cot.emich.edu/MLK

Wednesday, Jan. 24

"Keying in on the Keynote: A Campus Discussion," 7 p.m., Halle Library Auditorium. Join facilitator Barry Pyle, political science; to discuss Lani Guinier's keynote address and next steps for the university community.

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