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University Will Commemorate Legacy of Martin Luther King

January 5, 2005
Yolanda King

Yolanda King

Northwestern University will commemorate the life and legacy of the late civil and human rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in January with special events on the Evanston and Chicago campuses.

The Evanston campus events include a Jan. 17 celebration featuring keynote speaker Yolanda King — eldest daughter of Dr. King — and a Jan. 13 candlelight vigil. Chicago campus events include a panel discussion on social justice and a lecture by distinguished alumna Johnnetta Cole, both on Jan. 17.

The University has set aside three hours — from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 17 — for the University-wide observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All classes are cancelled during those three hours.

Ms. King, actress, producer and lecturer, will speak at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 17. She emphasizes the role of theater as a form of expression and has participated in numerous civil and human rights demonstrations and has spoken before religious, educational, civic and human rights groups.

Committed to using her talents to affect social and personal change, Ms. King combines her involvement with human rights organizations and causes with her artistic pursuits. A lifetime member of the NAACP, she serves on the board of directors of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, where she continues to work toward her father’s goal of human equality.

The Pick-Staiger celebration, presented by the University’s Martin Luther King Day Committee, also features performances by the Alice Millar Chapel Choir and the Northwestern Community Ensemble, a multicultural campus ensemble that sings anthems, spirituals, hymn arrangements, and traditional and contemporary gospel, praise and worship songs.

A live broadcast of the program will be shown in the Owen L. Coon Forum in Leverone Hall and in the Ryan Family Auditorium, Technological Institute. A simultaneous Webcast will be shown at www.northwestern.edu/mlk.

The Candlelight Vigil, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, in Alice Millar Chapel, will begin the University’s commemoration events and feature a keynote address by Tony Brown, television journalist/commentator and associate of Dr. King. The vigil is sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha.

The following events on and near the Evanston campus and on the Chicago campus are open to Northwestern staff, faculty and students, and the general public.


A Martin Luther King Day Worship Service will be held at First United Methodist Church, 516 Church St., at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 16. Rev. Margaret Ann Williams, associate director of the Marcy-Newberry Association in Chicago, will preach on Dr. King’s legacy of outreach to oppressed minorities.

An all-ecumenical service for Martin Luther King Day will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 17, at Second Baptist Church, 1717 Benson Ave.

• The Medill School of Journalism Crain Lecture will feature a discussion on “The Black Press: A Future?” at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, at the McCormick Tribune Center, 1870 Campus Drive. Angelo Henderson, associate editor of Real Times and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist while at The Wall Street Journal, will join Roland Martin, executive editor of the Chicago Defender, for the discussion. There will be an exhibition of photos celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Chicago Defender.

• The Multicultural Center, 1936 Sheridan Road, will sponsor a talk as part of the Dessert and Dialogue Series, “Delivering Services and Religious Messages in a Cultural Context,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18.

• The Martin Luther King Jr. Public Interest Job and Internship Fair 2005 will be held at noon Tuesday, Jan. 18, in the Louis Room, Norris University Center. The fair will host national and regional non-profit, education and government employers interested in recruiting Northwestern undergraduate and graduate students for full-time jobs and internships. It is sponsored by University Career Services.

• The Center for the Writing Arts and the Medill School of Journalism will sponsor a lecture and discussion by Adam Hochschild, author of “Bury the Chains,” at noon Tuesday, Jan. 18. Call 847-467-4098 for more information.

• Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary will sponsor the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Celebration Public Lecture at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, in Room 205 of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2121 Sheridan Road. The keynote speaker will be Rev. Dr. Eric Gerard Pearman, currently assistant professor of church history at the Interdenominational Theological Seminary (ITC), Atlanta, Ga. Rev. Pearman is the associate minister at the Zion Hill Baptist Church in Atlanta. The talk is presented by the Center for the Church and the Black Experience.

• Rev. Pearman will also be the guest preacher during the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Celebration Chapel Service at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, in the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.


• An interdisciplinary panel discussion at 11 a.m. and An Evening With Dr. Johnnetta Cole, president of Bennett College for Women, Greensboro, N.C., at 6 p.m. will be held Jan. 17 in Thorne Auditorium, Arthur Rubloff Building.

The 11 a.m. panel discussion, “Perspectives on Social Justice,” will be moderated by Carlos Watson, CNN political contributor and host of “Off Topic With Carlos Watson.” The discussion will focus on various perspectives about the agenda defined by the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s and opinions about the future of the justice movement. Panelists include Terri Johnson, vice president, Public Policy Reform and Advocacy, Human Relations Foundation, Jane Addams Hull House Foundation; Alysia Tate, editor, Chicago Reporter; Larry Marshall, professor of law and director of the Center for Wrongful Convictions, Law School; Ramona Rodriguez, M.D., medical director for Logan Square Health Center; and Chuck Smith, artistic associate, Goodman Theatre.

The 6 p.m. dialogue with Dr. Cole will focus on whether children of today are ready to launch the next civil rights movement. There will be a video presentation by The HistoryMakers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to archiving African American video oral histories.

The Chicago campus celebrations are presented by the D.R.E.A.M. Committee and sponsored by the School of Law and the Feinberg School of Medicine.

For more information about Chicago campus celebrations call (312) 503-4476 or e-mail n-woods@northwestern.edu.

For updated information about scheduled campus events go to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Web site at http://www.northwestern.edu/mlk/program.html.

Topics: Campus Life