New millennium, same dream

Whether you used Martin Luther King Day to take a break or serve the community, theres more left to do. Thats because the rest of the month is filled with events honoring his legacy and examining what his dream means today. A complete listing can be found on the Web at

Highlights include:

Thursday, Jan. 18

square.gifWORK FOR CHANGE: African-American Resource Center Director Jeanne Arnold talks about How Being a Social Change Agent Has Impacted My Career Path in this months Penn Professional Staff Assembly brown-bag lunch talk. Noon in the Golkin Room, Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce St.

square.gifINTERFAITH PROGRAM: The annual interfaith service includes a keynote address by the Rev. Dr. Leah Gaskin Fitchue, executive vice president and academic dean of Atlantas Interdenominational Theological Center; remarks from President Judith Rodin; music by the Inspiration and the New Spirit of Penn; and the presentation of the annual Community Involvement Awards. 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Class of 1949 Auditorium, Houston Hall; reception follows.

Friday, Jan. 19

square.gifJAZZ FOR KING I: The Al Aguilera Latin Jazz Quartet performs along with spoken-word performances by student artists. 6 to 8 p.m. at the ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk.

Monday, Jan. 22

square.gifINCREASING HEALTH: Jacqueline Lucas of the National Center for Health Statistics speaks on Americas Health Profile: Making Our Communities Visible. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room G-16, Irvine Auditorium, 34th and Spruce streets.

square.gifTOWN MEETING: Student leaders, faculty, staff and members of the West Philadelphia community reflect on excerpts from Kings speeches. 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Pronto, Houston Hall; refreshments served.

Tuesday, Jan. 23

square.gifSCHOOL FUTURES: Public Education in the New Millennium is the topic of a panel discussion including Graduate School of Education Dean Susan Fuhrman, Philadelphia School Board President Pedro Ramos (C87) and John Skeif of the Harambee Institute. 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Golkin Room, Houston Hall.

square.gifBASED ON FAITH: Kings faith formed the foundation for his actions as a civil rights leader. Tonight, Jewish, Muslim, Catholic and Protestant representatives discuss the connection between faith and action for social change. 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall.

Wednesday, Jan. 24

square.gifBIRTHDAY BASH: The School of Nursing invites students from Gladwyne and Penrose elementary schools and you to celebrate Kings birthday. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Nursing Education Building auditorium, 420 Guardian Drive.

square.gifNET CHANGE: What does universal access to technology have to do with Kings ideals? University, community and tech-industry representatives ponder this question and others. Noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Greenfield Intercultural Center, 3708 Chestnut St.

Thursday, Jan. 25

square.gifHOW TO MAKE CHANGE: Palmer Foundation Director Walter Palmer leads a workshop on the pragmatic principles involved in creating social change. Noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Greenfield Intercultural Center lounge; 6 to 8 p.m. at DuBois College House, 3900 Walnut St.

Friday, Jan. 26

square.gifBLACK INVENTORS: A traveling exhibit showcases notable inventions created by African Americans. If youre looking for the real McCoy, youll find it and a host of other things you may not have known about here. Noon to 6 p.m. in the Hall of Flags, Houston Hall. Exhibit continues Jan. 27.

square.gifJAZZ FOR KING II: Community Relations Director Glenn Bryans ensemble Friends performs, Nina Harris gives a spoken-word performance and artist Leroy Campbell displays his work. 6 to 8 p.m. at DuBois College House.

Tuesday, Jan. 30

square.gifPASSION FOR JUSTICE: This film chronicles the work of Japanese-American activist Yuri Kochiyama, a follower of Malcolm X and fighter for numerous social-justice causes. 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge, 2nd floor, the ARCH.

Wednesday, Jan. 31

square.gifREADINGS OF CONSCIENCE: A participatory group reading celebrates the writings of Martin Luther King and others who sought social justice. 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kelly Writers House.


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Originally published on January 18, 2001