Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Connecting Peoples in the Struggle" is the title of this year's campus-wide commemoration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Below are key events (sponsors' names in parentheses).

Monday, January 18

10 a.m.- noon, Low Rise North Workshop: Developing Black Empowerment. African American students discuss institutional racism, internalized racism, collective empowerment and self-empowerment. (Black Student League & Black Graduate and Professional Students Assembly)

noon- 2 p.m., Penn Tower Hotel African American Association Annual Commemorative Program. Poetry readings, speakers from the University of Pennsylvania student community, and selections from the University City High School Vocal Ensemble are presented in honor of Dr. King. Everyone is welcome to attend [see notice, page one, on extension of the lunch hour for interested staff]. (African American Association for Faculty, Staff, and Administrators)

2- 4 p.m., Low Rise North Workshop: Understanding the Power Play in African American Relationships. A forum explores the power struggle between African American men and women, including economics, lack of commitment, and misunderstanding between the sexes, and begins to develop strategies to deal with the issue personally and collectively. (Black Student League & Black Graduate and Professional Students Assembly)

2 - 4 p.m., Smith-Penniman Room, Houston Hall Workshop: In the Life: Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual African Americans Speak Out. Prominent members of the African American and Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual communities talk about their lives, the influence of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement on the lesbian/gay/bisexual liberation, and oppression from outside and within the community. (Program for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Community at Penn & LAMBDA Grads)

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Christian Association Banners for King's Walk. Student groups have been invited to come together starting at 10 a.m. to paint a large banner to hang across Locust Walk throughout the week. Groups are invited to design their own banners to be placed up and down Locust Walk. A reception for participants will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Castle. (Program for Student Community Involvement; groups call Ext. 8-4831 to reserve a sheet.)

7:30 p.m., Annenberg School Auditorium University Commemorative Program Dr. Randall Robinson, founder of Trans Africa, a Washington, D.C.- based organization advocating for oppressed people in Africa, speaks on "United States Policy and Global Human Rights Observance". (Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Program Committee)

Tuesday, January 19

7 p.m., Low Rise North King: His Politics and His Religion As Revealed in His Sermon Against the Vietnam War. Replay of the sermon, "Why I Am Against the Vietnam War," is followed by brief responses by Eric King (politics) and Reverend Lawrence Burnley (religion) and an open discussion. (Christian Association, Alpha Phi Alpha, & Penn NAACP)

Wednesday, January 20

1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Houston Hall Auditorium Freedom Theater: An Anthology of Black History. A performance is given by one of America's premier African American theater groups. (School of Social Work)

For more information on all events in the three-day celebration: Marina Barnett, Program Assistant, Office of Student Life Programs, Ext. 8-2494.


January 12, 1993
Volume 39 Number 17

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