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2003 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration spans 2 weeks

Posted 01/06/03, by Roland Adams

College pays tribute to civil rights leader and his legacy

Dartmouth will hold its annual observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January with events spanning two weeks. This year's series of activities honoring the late civil rights leader and his legacy will be the most extensive the College has ever offered.

The theme of this year's celebration is "Against the Tide: Envisioning Peace and Justice in Times of Hatred."

Among highlights of this year's activities will be a keynote address on Monday, Jan. 20 — the official MLK Day — by renowned civil rights attorney Morris Dees, Chief Trial Counsel for the Southern Poverty Law Center; and the presentation of Dartmouth's second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Awards to six individuals on Friday, Jan. 24.

Activities on Jan. 20 also will include six hours of continuous running of an audiotape of a speech King made at Dartmouth in 1962, complemented by a photo and video montage. "Towards Freedom" will be presented from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in 105 Dartmouth Hall, the same venue where King gave the speech.

This year's range of activities will also include other lectures, films, exhibitions, a candlelight vigil, a dramatic reading, a multi-faith celebration, events for children and a series of activities sponsored by Amnesty International.

- by Roland Adams

For more info

Against the Tide: Envisioning Peace and Justice in Times of Hatred
Social Justice Awards 2003

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