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MLK Symposium on Social Change: Films, Awards, Lectures
January 19, 2010, Volume 56, No. 18



This evening, the MLK Symposium on Social Change will highlight the legacy of Bayard Rustin, civil rights activist and advisor to Dr. King, with a screening of Brother Outsider, a documentary about Rustin’s life as an openly gay man and a panel discussion.   The event will take place from 4-7 p.m. in the auditorium at Claire Fagin Hall. 

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Program and Awards Commemoration will take place at 6 p.m. in Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall on Thursday, January 21. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Involvement Awards will be presented with remarks from President Amy Gutmann. The guest speaker will be Elizabeth Alexander, Gr’92, poet, essayist, playwright, chair of the department of African American Studies at Yale University, and featured poet at the Inauguration of President Barack Obama.

The New Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir, Shabbatones, African Rhythms and Penn-Slam Poet, Joshua Bennett will perform. The event, sponsored by the Awards Committee, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Symposium Executive Planning Committee and the Office of the Chaplain, is open to the public.

On the following day, Friday, January 22,  the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture in Social Justice will be held in the Harold Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center at 5:30 p.m. Inaugurated in 2002, the annual event honors individuals and scholars of African descent who have committed themselves to social justice. This year’s program features Benjamin Jealous, president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in a conversation with Camille Z. Charles, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Social Sciences and professor of sociology & education at the University of Pennsylvania. The event, sponsored by the Center for Africana Studies, the Annenberg School for Communication and the Office of the President, is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit www.vpul.upenn.edu/ohe/mlk/index.htm for a list of numerous events that are part of this year’s commemorative symposium on social change.


Almanac - January 19, 2010, Volume 56, No. 18