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
- CHILDRENS 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 Philadelphias youth. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ben
Franklin Room, Houston Hall.
- CANDLELIGHT VIGIL: Reflect on Dr. Kings life and legacy.
7 p.m. at Du Bois College House, 3900 Walnut St., and Hall of Flags,
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. KINGS 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,
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,
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. Kings
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,
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
- 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
Wednesday, Jan. 26
- FROM RHETORIC TO ACTIVISM PART II, a forum to discuss Dr. Kings
legacy in terms of social justice, equality and the war. 3 to 5 p.m.,
- 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 Bryans Band, Friends. 6
to 8 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Du Bois College House.
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Originally published on January 13, 2005