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Activist/Scholar Robin D.G. Kelley to headline MLK Jr. celebration at Dartmouth

Posted 01/06/00

Robin D.G. Kelley, Professor of History and Africana Studies at New York University, will be the keynote speaker during Dartmouth's annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration Jan. 16-23.

Titled "Legacies of Activism/Legacies of Hate," the celebration will include nearly a dozen public events, including movies, discussions, a candlelight vigil and an interdenominational religious service. All events are on the Dartmouth campus.

Kelley, who has been described as "the preeminent historian of black popular culture writing today" by renowned African-American studies scholar Cornel West, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, in the Hopkins Center's Moore Theater. The award-winning author of several books, including Yo' Mama's Disfunktional! Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America and Race Rebels: Culture, Politics and the Black Working Class, Kelley challenges widely held assumptions about politics, culture and oppression in America through his scholarship.

Free tickets for the keynote address can be picked up at the Hopkins Center box office. There is a four-ticket limit per person. A reception will follow at the Top of the Hop.

Also on Jan. 17, the College will welcome New Hampshire state Rep. Jackie Weatherspoon, primary sponsor of the law instituting the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in New Hampshire. She will join her uncle, labor leader Bill Epton, in a discussion about activism and the King holiday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Collis Common Ground.

Besides her work as a state legislator for Exeter and Kensington, Weatherspoon has worked as an international election officer in both Bosnia and Herzogovinia. A former teacher, secondary school administrator and associate director of the Reebok Foundation, she was elected to the statehouse in 1996.

Epton was a colleague of Malcolm X in the early 1960s. A founding member of both the Negro American Labor Council and the Progressive Labor Party, he currently is part of the City-wide Coalition to Stop Giuliani, which opposes the policies of the current mayor of New York City. His political activism also includes work on affordable housing, education and health care issues.

Poet Joy Harjo will join in a community dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19. Harjo, an award-winning writer, musician and activist, explores Native American traditions and the history of colonialism in her work. Her most recent book of poetry is the best-selling The Woman Who Fell from the Sky. Tickets for the dinner discussion are $1 and can be purchased at the Collis Center Information Desk.

For more information or a full schedule of events, please call Dartmouth's Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at (603) 646-3197.

Dartmouth has television (satellite uplink) and radio (ISDN) studios available for domestic and international live and taped interviews. For more information, call 603-646-3661 or see our Radio, Television capability webpage.

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