In celebration of the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the University presents “Penn’s Commitment to the Legacy: Meeting the Challenges of a Diverse Democracy.” Featured are numerous community service opportunities, discussions and lectures, which run from Jan. 17 through the 28th. Some of the events are listed below; for a complete list and the latest information on the MLK events visit the African-American Resource Center web site: www.upenn.edu/aarc/mlk.
Monday, Jan. 17
DAY OF SERVICE BREAKFAST: Free continental breakfast, inspiring words by Law Professor Anita L. Allen-Castellitto and remarks by President Amy Gutmann. 9 a.m., Hall of Flags, Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce St.
SCHOOL SPRUCE-UP PROJECT for West Philadelphia High School. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers in need of transportation meet at 3417 Spruce St.
- CHILDREN’S BANNER PAINTING SERVICE PROJECT: Children of all ages can paint commemorative banners. 10 a.m. to 2p.m., The ARCH Auditorium, 3601 Locust Walk.
- HELPING HANDS AT HOUSTON HALL: Create gifts to be donated to area shelters, nursing homes and other charities. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall.
- PHILADELPHIA READS LITERACY PROJECT: Create books on tape to promote literacy for Philadelphia’s youth. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall.
- CANDLELIGHT VIGIL: Reflect on Dr. King’s life and legacy. 7 p.m. at Du Bois College House, 3900 Walnut St., and Hall of Flags, Houston Hall.
Tuesday, Jan. 18
Wednesday, Jan. 19
“THOSE WHO FILL THE ROOM” is an informal conversation with Dr. Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum, vice provost for University Life. Noon in Room G-16, Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce St.
DR. KING’S OTHER LEGACIES: Discuss excerpts from a documentary film. 6 to 8 p.m., Living Room, Civic House, 3914 Locust Walk.
Thursday, Jan. 20
- INTERFAITH PROGRAM: Rabbi David, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism Saperstein, delivers the keynote address, with remarks by President Amy Gutmann. Community Involvement Awards will also be presented. 6 p.m., Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall.
Friday, Jan. 21
- THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. LECTURE IN SOCIAL JUSTICE: A conversation with UC-Santa Cruz Professor Angela Y. Davis and Geraldine R. Segal Professor of Social Thought and History Mary Francis Berry about “Sexuality and Social Justice.” 5:30 p.m., Irvine Auditorium.Thursday, Jan. 20
Saturday, Jan. 22
- SOCIAL CHANGE PERFORMING ARTS NIGHT: Penn performing arts groups present pieces that deal with social change. 8 to 10 p.m., Hall of Flags, Houston Hall.
Monday, Jan. 24
- A LUNCHTIME PANEL DISCUSSION AND CONVERSATION about sermons as a genre and the role sermons played in the development of Civil Rights discourse. Panelists will include University Chaplain William Gipson. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk.
- FROM RHETORIC TO ACTIVISM PART I: A forum to discuss Dr. King’s legacy in terms of social justice, equality and the war; 6 to 8 p.m., Christian Association, 118 South 37th St.
- FILM AND DISCUSSION about “Unlikely Heroes” (Richard Trank, 2003)—seven stories of heroic men and women who saved Jews during the Holocaust. 6:30 p.m., Steinhardt Hall, 215 South 39th St.Sunday, Jan. 23
Tuesday, Jan. 25
“WHAT WOULD MARTIN SAY? Mental Health of African Americans from a Health Policy Perspective” with Dr. Freida Outlaw, associate professor of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at Penn Nursing and executive director for special populations, Department of Mental Health in Tennessee. 4 to 5 p.m., Room 111, School of Nursing, 420 Guardian Drive.
- PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR and Penn History Professor Steven Hahn will discuss his award winning book, “A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South From Slavery to the Great Migration”(Belknap, 2003). 5 to 6:30 p.m., Hall of Flags, Houston Hall.
Wednesday, Jan. 26
- FROM RHETORIC TO ACTIVISM PART II, a forum to discuss Dr. King’s legacy in terms of social justice, equality and the war. 3 to 5 p.m., Christian Association.
- COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN PHILADELPHIA: Learn more about West Philadelphia and ways to engage in responsible service that fosters mutually beneficial relationships between students and community members; 6 to 7:30 p.m., Living Room, Civic House.
Friday, Jan. 28
- JAZZ FOR KING features Glenn Bryan’s Band, Friends. 6 to 8 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Du Bois College House.
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Originally published on January 13, 2005