The dream lives on

Martin Luther King Day team

The people who put together this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration. Seated (left to right): Machamma Quinchette, associate director, African-American Resource Center (AARC); Jack Lewis, associate director for admissions and recruitment, School of Social Work; Afi Roberson, staff assistant, AARC; Valerie DeCruz, director, Greenfield Intercultural Center; Max Covil, program coordinator, Chaplain’s Office; Valerie Johnson, assistant to the director of City and Commonwealth Relations. Middle row: Jeanette Arnold, director, AARC; Jen Moore (C’02); Isabel Mapp, associate director and volunteer service coordinator, Center for Community Partnerships; Erin Cross, associate director, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center; Julie Stapleton-Carroll, director of administration, Office of Academic Affairs, School of Nursing. Top row: Jacquie Posey, news officer, University Communications; Mary LeCates, administrative coordinator, Chaplain’s Office; Leah Smith, director of communications, Office of the Vice Provost for University Life; Anita Gelburd, assistant to the deputy provost; Malcom Bonner, director, McNair Program, Office of the Provost; Jeremy Brochin, director, Hillel Foundation; Felicia Green, coordinator, Office of Government, Community and Public Affairs. Not pictured: Glenn Bryan, director, City and Community Relations; James Gardner, Office of the President; The Rev. William Gipson, University chaplain; Luz Marin, administrative coordinator, Women’s Studies Program; Pamela Robinson, associate director of College Houses; Rodney Robinson, associate director, Office of Student Life; Johane Severin (GEd’02) and Amin Venjara (EAS’04).

Martin Luther King Jr. had a vision of what he called “the beloved community”—a multiracial society committed to equality and social justice. Penn’s King commemoration, which continues through Feb. 1, embodies the spirit of that community through events that bring the entire campus together. Here’s what’s coming up:

Thursday, Jan. 24


- INTERFAITH PROGRAM: The annual service includes remarks by President Judith Rodin, the winners of this year’s Community Involvement Awards, musical selections by the Chester Children’s Chorus and dance by African Rhythms. 7 p.m. in Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce St.; reception follows.

Friday, Jan. 25


- JAZZ FOR KING: Community Relations Director Glenn Bryan’s band, Friends, performs, with poetry by Carlos Gomez. 6 to 8 p.m. at DuBois College House, 3900 Walnut St.

Monday, Jan. 28


- HER DREAM: A Penn Women’s Center discussion offers women across the generations a chance to reflect on King’s dream and share how they live the vision. Noon to 2 p.m. at the Women’s Center, 3643 Locust Walk.

- GET INVOLVED: A workshop explores how students can develop mutually beneficial relationships with the West Philadelphia community. 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Civic House, 3914 Locust Walk.

- DETROIT SUMMER: Detroit community activist Grace Lee Boggs talks about the youth program she founded and her work in grass-roots organizing. 7:30 p.m. in Room 17, Logan Hall, 249 S. 36th St.

Tuesday, Jan. 29


- “THE USE OF POWER”: Vice Provost for University Life Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum speaks on this subject at a Women of Color networking lunch. Noon to 2 p.m. in the Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall.


- FULL CIRCLE: The improvisational theater group leads a workshop on social concerns and strategies for problem solving. 6 to 8 p.m. in The ARCH auditorium, 3601 Locust Walk.

Wednesday, Jan. 30


- PEACEFUL CHANGE: Joo-Hyung Kang, executive director of the Audre Lorde Project in New York, leads a panel discussion on nonviolent social change with Buddhist, Jewish, Quaker, African and Taoist religious representatives. 5:30 p.m. in the Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall.

- FAMILY TIES: Mixed-race families and interracial adoptions are the focus of this discussion featuring speakers from across campus. 6 p.m. at the Graduate Student Center, 3615 Locust Walk.


- “THE STRUGGLE IN THE FIELDS”: The work of farm labor organizer Cesar Chavez is the subject of this video documentary and discussion. 7:30 p.m. in the 16th floor lounge, Sansom Place East, 3600 Chestnut St.

Thursday, Jan. 31


- SEPARATE BUT EQUAL?: A panel discussion examines the topic “Institutionalized Segregation on Penn’s Campus—Fact or Fiction?” 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Golkin Room, Houston Hall.


- SONGS AND SPIRITUALS: Tenor Rick Cameron and baritone Lourin Plant perform works by African-American composers. 8 p.m. in McClelland Hall, the Quadrangle, 3700 Spruce St.

Friday, Feb. 1


- INTERCULTURAL GALA: “Interpreting the Dream, Expressing the Vision” features Penn performing artists honoring King’s legacy through music, dance and the spoken word. 9 p.m. in The ARCH auditorium.

Originally published on January 24, 2002