EMU to celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., Jan. 14-19
YPSILANTI You Didnt Hear Me Then, Will You Hear Me Now? is the theme for Eastern Michigan Universitys week-long celebration of the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. Activities honoring the civil rights leader are scheduled Jan. 14-19, and are sponsored by EMUs department of communications and theatre arts.
Many students, staff and faculty have worked hard to make this very important event possible, said Jessica Alexander, co-chair of the MLK celebration committee. And this is only the beginning for diversity programming. We plan various events year-round that enable us to catalyze dialogue on campus on certain ideas and issues.
Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, will be the featured guest this year.
Parks will speak briefly at the Presidents Luncheon at the Ypsilanti Marriott at 12 p.m.; deliver the keynote address during the keynote celebration at Pease Auditorium at 3 p.m.; and host a question-and-answer Talkback session following the 8 p.m. performance of her play, In the Blood, at Sponberg Theatre.
Parks was awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play Topdog/Underdog. She received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2001 and, in 2003, was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and the Pen-Laura Pels Award for Excellence in Playwriting.
Wednesday, Jan. 14
Thursday, Jan. 15
Unity Forum on Affirmative Action, presented by the Black Student Organizational Alliance, 7 p.m., Ballroom, McKenny Union. Gives insight into Brown v. Board of Education and the Ward Connelly Referendum. Keynote speakers include Ron Woods, Whitney Harris, Andre Clanton and Louis Colton. Refreshments served.
Friday, Jan. 16
Third Annual Color of Drums: Progress Through Poetry, a celebration of spoken word, movement and song, 8 p.m., Pease Auditorium. Special guests include The Last Poets and representatives from Ozone House, which provides help for teens in crisis and their families. Coordinated by the Poetry Society.
Saturday, Jan. 17
Hip Hop Explosion, 8 p.m., Pease Auditorium. This includes the Fifth Annual Student Talent Competition and a special performance by Diversion Dance Troupe.
Lock-In, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., second and third floors, Rec/IM. The lock-in celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Highlights include: DJ Mocuts, Diversion Dance Troupe, a slam dunk and 3-point contest, and a staff versus student basketball game.
Sunday, Jan. 18
Monday, Jan. 19
In Retrospect: The 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Eduction, Tower Room. Panel discussion of the impact of the 1954 decisionthen and now.
White Privilege, Then and Now, Alumni Room. Panel members stories and stances.
The Works of Suzan-Lori Parks: Playwright, Author and Visionary, Reception Room. Professor Wallace Bridges explores the work of this years MLK keynote speaker, Suzan-Lori Parks. Bridges also will discuss his production of In the Blood, opening Jan. 19 and followed by a Talkback session with Parks.
Gay You Say! Black and White Folks Together: The Experience of Gay African American Males on Majority Caucasian Campuses, Faculty Room.
Game of Life, Ballroom. This interactive session explores issues encountered as people live their lives in the USA.
For Young People (grades K-5), Guild Hall. Meet Brother Rabbit; hear the works of Ruby from Little Rock; and meet a pocketmouse. EMU student storytellers perform a repertoire of work.
Presidents Luncheon, noon-1:30 p.m., Lakeshore Ballroom, Ypsilanti Marriott. Keynote speaker Suzan-Lori Parks, with introduction and remarks by EMU President Samuel A. Kirkpatrick. Seating begins at 11:30 a.m. For tickets, call 487-2282.
Keynote Celebration, 3-4 p.m., Pease Auditorium. Speaker Suzan-Lori Parks. Also award presentations and performances by the EMU Gospel Choir and EMU Jazz Ensemble.
CloseUP Theatre Troupe presents Here me Now, 4:15 p.m., Pease Auditorium.
Candlelight Walk from Pease Auditorium to the Multicultural Center, King Hall,
AFTERGLOW, 5:30 p.m., Multicultural Center, King Hall. Post-march reception provides an opportunity to mix, mingle and reflect on the weeks events and the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
In the Blood, by Suzan-Lori Parks and directed by Wallace Bridges, 8 p.m., Quirk Theatre. Parks will lead a talk-back discussion following the performance. For tickets, call 487-1221.
For more information, call Decky Alexander, 487-3179, or e-mail her at Jessica.Alexander@emich.edu.
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