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Anniversary of public school desegregation focus of Dartmouth's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 01/12/04 • Contact Tamara Steinert (603) 646-3661

Shanta Driver, a leader in Michigan affirmative action case, to deliver keynote address on Jan. 19 as part of activities scheduled from Jan. 12-Feb. 1; other speakers will include New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson and Prince Hassan of Jordan

Dartmouth College will host its annual series of programs to honor the life and work of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. from Jan. 12 to Feb. 1, with special focus on the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that desegregated American public schools. The celebration, which begins a week before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is titled "Rewriting History/Reclaiming Space: 50 Years after Brown v. Board of Education."

Keynote speaker Shanta Driver will examine the relationship of this anniversary to the recent Supreme Court decision regarding affirmative action in the admissions process at the University of Michigan in her address "Integration and Equality in American Society: Realizing the Dream on the 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education" at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, in the Hopkins Center's Moore Theater. Driver is the national coordinator of United for Equality and Affirmative Action, the organization that directed student legal intervention in the University of Michigan Law School affirmative action case. A recipient of the 2002 Rosa Parks Award from the American Association of Affirmative Action, Driver is also national director of the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action and Integration and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary. The latter group helped organize the 50,000-person March on Washington in April 2003.

"The scheduled events will encourage us to consider the deeper implications of pluralism and the responsibilities implicit in democracy," said Dartmouth President James Wright.

Other speakers during the three-week program will include Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist Clarence Page and His Royal Highness Prince Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan.

Other events include a multimedia presentation of the speech King delivered at Dartmouth in 1962, a presentation of social justice awards, a candlelight vigil, films, concerts, panel discussions and lectures, among others. Most activities in the 21-day celebration are free and open to the public. Free tickets to the Jan. 19 keynote address will be available at the Hopkins Center Box Office beginning Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 10 a.m. There is a four-ticket limit per person.

A full schedule of events and additional information are available online or by calling 603-646-3749.

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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