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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative

Celebration & Symposium on Social Change

January 16-28


 Recognize Each Other n the spirit of Dr. King, unity and community on campus say "hello", "how are you doing", "what's up?" to everyone you see.

Have you ever spoken to someone who didn't speak back? Converse with your brothers and sisters. A smile is required.

--MLK Executive Planning Committee

16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Anti Violence Vigil; Candlelight vigil to commemorate Dr. King's legacy. Rev. William Gipson, Chaplain. 2 p.m.-6 p.m.; Du Bois College House (Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.).

17 Penn Video Network; "Eyes on the Prize", a six-part television documentary on the Civil Rights Movement, will be broadcast on RESNET, channel 24; through January 25. Program listed below.

  • Episode 1, "Awakenings (1954-1956)" begins at noon on January 17 and repeats hourly. Episode 2, "Fighting Back (1957-1962)" begins at noon on January 18 and repeats hourly. Episode 3, "Ain't Scared of Your Jails (1960-1961)" begins at noon on January 19 and repeats hourly. Episode 4, "No Easy Walk (1962-1966)" begins at noon on January 20 and repeats hourly. Episode 5, "Mississippi: This is America? (1962-1964)" begins at noon on January 21 and repeats hourly. Episode 6, "Bridge to Freedom (1965)" begins at noon on January 22 and repeats hourly.
  • The entire six-part series will begin again at noon on January 25th and will repeat every six hours through noon on January 27. For a full schedule, visit the Penn Video Network website at
  • Public Sign Up for Community Service Projects; throughout the day at the breakfast, noontime program and town meeting, members of the commitee and volunteers will be accepting names and telephone numbers of individuals from the community who want to volunteer for service projects. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Du Bois College House 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Penn Tower Hotel noon-1:30 p.m., Du Bois College House 3 p.m.-5 p.m. (MLK Community Involvement Committee).
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast: The Importance of King's Philosophy and Action for the 21st Century; Keynote: Dr. Farrah Griffin, undergraduate chair; also featuring remarks from President Judith Rodin; a performance by Full Measure; Child's tribute to the Dreamer by Marcus Golson 9-11 a.m.; Du Bois College House (The Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGAPSA), The United Minorities Council (UMC), UMOJA).
  • Re-possessing Urban Spaces: Emergent Paradigms; Kyong Park, International Center for Urban Ecology, Detroit; Rick Lowe, Project Row House, Houston; Lily Yeh, Village of the Arts and Humanities, Philadelphia; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Upper Gallery, Meyerson Hall (Architecture).
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Noontime Commemorative Program: Power Concedes Nothing Without Struggle; Reverend Damon Jones, Bibleway Baptist Church; remarks by President Judith Rodin; musical selections from Bibleway Baptist Church Choir; noon-1:30 p.m.; Penn Tower Hotel (African American Association of Administrators, Faculty & Staff (AAA)).
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Town Meeting: "Having Our Say"; Moderator: Gloria Gay, associate director, Penn Women's Center; 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc; Adult Student Network; African American Arts Alliance; Alliance & Understanding; Asian Pacific Student Coalition; Black Graduate and Professional Student Association; Black Law Student Association; Black Student League; Call to Action; Dessaloine Haitain Student Association; LA CASA; Lesbian Gay Bisexual Alliance; MA'AT; Student National Medical Association; The Inspiration; UMOJA; Undergraduate Assembly; United Minorities Council; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority).

18 Achieving Social Justice: Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act; Claudia C. Johnson, staff attorney, Community Legal Services, Inc. of Philadelphia; noon-1:30 p.m; Greenfield Intercultural Center (Greenfield Intercultural Center (GIC) and the Office of Academic Support Mentoring Programs).

20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Program; William H. Gray III, President and CEO, United Negro College Fund; President Judith Rodin; music by Ranana and the New Spirit of Penn; awarding of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Involvement Awards; 7 p.m.-8 p.m.; Harold Prince Theatre, Annenberg Center (Interfaith Council).

21 Jazz for King; featuring Glenn Bryan's renowned group, "FRIENDS"; poetry by Tanji Gilliam and Larry Moses; guest artist Leroy Campbell; 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; Terrace Room, Ground Floor, Logan Hall (African-American Resource Center, Du Bois College House, Penn Women's Center)

23 Exploring Personal Stereotypes and Perceptions; workshop on exploring biases that get in the way of students learning from each other and working together for social change. An interactive forum in which students will have the oportunity to participate in a large group "ice breaker" in order to explore their perceptions of themselves and others.

  • Facilitators: Alliance & Understanding, a program and a dialogue dedicated to building Black-Jewish relations among undergraduate students at Penn; 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; Civic House, 3914 Locust Walk (Alliance and Understand: Black-Jewish Relations at Penn). Open to Penn Students.

24 Socioeconomic Differentials in Health; Dr. Elsie Pamuk, acting director of the division of epidemiology , National Center for Health Statistics; 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; Greenfield Intercultural Center (Office of Health Education).

  • Reaching the Promised Land: what universities and students can do on campus and in society to achieve Dr. King's vision of integration and social and economic justice in America; Keynotes: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, author of I may not get there with You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr.; Dr. Evelyn Hu-DeHart, professor and chair of ethnic studies, University of Colorado, Boulder; welcoming remarks by Provost Robert Barchi; 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; Iron Gate Theater, 37th and Chestnut St. (Annenberg School of Communication, Greenfield Intercultural Center, African American Studies Program).
  • A Campus Diaologue; Students will be divided into small groups and given the following questions to discuss:

a. Do Penn Students believe in interacting across differences: racial, religious, gender, etc?

b. What role should educational institutions like Penn play in facilitating this interaction and fostering diversity and social change?

c. Are institutions doing enough?

d. What personal barriers exist to engaging across diffferent backgrounds and communities?

e. What responsibility do students have to take advantage of the diversity that exists in their midst?

  • Facilitators: PACE Programs for Awareness and Change in Education; 8:30 p.m. -9:30 p.m.; Open to Penn Students; Greeenfield Intercultural Center, 3707 Chestnut Street (Annenberg School of Communication, Greenfield Intercultural Center,, African American Studies Program, Student Workshop Committee).

25 Student Activism in Intellectual Communities; Speakers: Dr. Robert Schoenberg, director, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center; Miriam Joffe-Block, United Students Against Sweatshops; Hoa Duang, Asian Pacific Student Coalition; noon-1:30 p.m.; Terrace Room, Ground Floor, Logan Hall; (Community Organizations Workshop Committee).

  • Community Access to Emerging Technologies; Speakers: Ed Schwartz, Institute for the Study of Civic Values; representative, Wade Cablevision; representative, Comcast Cablevision; representative Time-Warner Cablevision 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.; Greenfield Intercultural Center (Community Organizations Workshop Committee).
  • The Logic of Difference: Race and Gender in 19th Century Gynecological Surgery; Evelynn M. Hammonds, associate professor of the history of science, M.I.T.; 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.; History Department Lounge, 3rd Fl., Logan Hall; (Department on the History of Medicine).Open to the Penn community.

26 Civic Responsibility: Penn and theWest Philadelphia Community; Dr. Helen Davies, professor of microbiology; Dr. Ira Harkavy, director, community partnerships; Dr. Jorge Santiago-Aviles, associate professor, electrical engineering; noon-2p.m.; The Veranda, 3615 Locust Walk (Faculty, Staff & Administrator Workshop Committee).

  • Protest and Civic Disobedience in the Literary, Performance and Visual Arts; Dr. Alan Filreis, professor of English; Dr. Guuthrie Ramsey, assistant professor of music; Stuart Jasper, vocalist; Tanji Gilliam, poet; 7p.m.-8:30 p.m.; Du Bois College House (Faculty, Stafff & Administrator Workshop Committee).

28 MLK Birthday Party; noon-1 p.m.; Auditorium, Nursing Education Building, 420 Guardian Drive (School of Nursing). Open to Penn community.

Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 16, January 11, 2000

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