A Message from the Chair of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Executive Planning Committee:
Meeting the Challenges ....
Dr. King once said, "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige and even his life for the welfare of others."
The 21st Century continues to be a challenging time. It is challenging, not only because millions of people live in poverty in a country that has great wealth, but also because educational opportunities are not equal and accessible for many in America. Today, millions of people do not have access to adequate healthcare and they are still mistreated, physically assaulted, and denied opportunities based on race, religion, sexual orientation or culture. Dr. King risked his life to combat social injustice and to enhance the welfare of others. What are we going to do to address the challenges we experience today?
During her Inauguration on October 15th, President Amy Gutmann asked the University of Pennsylvania to rise to the challenge of a diverse democracy by proposing a "Penn Compact." She highlighted the importance of building a diverse democracy for the betterment of our world.
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Symposium on Social Change provides a wonderful opportunity for us to acknowledge the "Penn Compact," accept President Gutmann's challenge to build a diverse democracy, and commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The symposium will begin on January 17, 2005 and run through January 28, 2005. This year's theme is Penn's Commitment to the Legacy: Meeting the Challenges of a Diverse Democracy.
The 2005 Commemorative Symposium offers dynamic programming that empowers individuals to help end the practice of racism, strengthen and appreciate diversity, serve the campus and surrounding area, embrace cultural arts, nurture a quest for knowledge, support free expression, and embrace a growing interfaith community.
Please join us on Monday, January 17, 2005 for "a day on and not a day off." Encourage your family, friends, co-workers and fellow students to sacrifice a portion of the day to participate in one of the several volunteer projects offered by the University. Hopefully, the enriching experience will inspire you to incorporate service in your life.
Also, take a risk. Participate in the symposium events and become an advocate for social justice and help us meet the challenges of building a diverse democracy. For more information and to volunteer, please visit: www.upenn.edu/aarc/mlk.
—Machamma J. Quinichett, Executive Chair,Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Commemorative Symposium Executive Committee
Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 13, November 23, 2004
November 23, 2004
Volume 51 Number 13