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Dartmouth honors Martin Luther King, Jr. with month-long celebration

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 01/06/06 • Contact Genevieve Haas (603) 646-3661

Speakers include Rev. James Forbes, Rev. Al Sharpton

Dartmouth's annual celebration to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. begins January 11 and includes more than 30 events. The series, based on the theme, "Between Heaven and Hell" addresses the intersections of religion, politics, and civil rights and will run through February 6.

Keynote speaker Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., senior minister of The Riverside Church in New York and noted interfaith advocate, will give his remarks on "The Source, Scope and Spirit of the Dream" on January 16 at 7 p.m. in Spaulding Auditorium at the Hopkins Center.

On January 12, civil rights advocate and 2004 presidential candidate Rev. Al Sharpton will speak at Alumni Hall, located on the second floor of the Hopkins Center, from 2 to 4 p.m. Sharpton's visit to Dartmouth, his second in four years, is sponsored by the Young Democrats of Dartmouth.

For more than 20 years, Dartmouth has arranged a program to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year's program includes guest speakers, arts performances, discussion panels, and film screenings. Ozzie Harris, chair of the MLK Celebration Committee, said of the wide range of programming, "While the week is marked as a celebration, we recognize Martin Luther King, Jr.'s sacrifice and the sacrifice of others, many unknown, in their commitment to social justice."

On January 16, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., the Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity will screen a continuous presentation of King's May 23, 1962 speech at Dartmouth "Towards Freedom." The multimedia presentation, which includes audio from the original speech, will be presented in its original venue, 105 Dartmouth Hall.

On January 27, the College will present the fifth annual MLK Social Justice Awards. This year's ceremony, held in Alumni Hall in the Hopkins Center, will honor authors Grace Paley and Nick Kotz, Dartmouth Class of '55, public health advocate Matthew Wilson, Class of '83, South African community development activist Thokozani Xaba, Class of '89 and slain Dartmouth student and community service volunteer Meleia Willis-Starbuck, Class of '07. Student groups Darfur Action Group, Engineers Without Borders and Outdoor Leadership Experience will also be honored at the event.

Other events include performances by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and a lecture by Professor of History Annelise Orleck, author of Storming Caesars Palace, her recent book about how a group of mostly African American mothers living in poverty brought their fight to the casinos of Las Vegas and eventually to the U.S. Congress. The Hon. Rev. H. Carl McCall, Class of '58, chairman of the Higher Education Conference Board, board member of TYCO International, and former New York State comptroller, will speak at a community faith celebration in Rollins Chapel, the Trinity Repertory Company/Penumbra Theatre Company will present Grandchildren of the Buffalo Soldiers, and Rabbi Edward Boraz will screen an original documentary chronicling a group of Dartmouth students who traveled to Belarus in 2005 to honor the victims of the Holocaust by restoring a forgotten Jewish cemetery. Every Monday during the celebration the College will offer a different panel discussion on an aspect of religion, politics and civil rights. The panels will include speakers from both inside and outside the College. For times and locations, visit the calendar.

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