A King-size commemoration


William H. Gray III, president of the United Negro College Fund, will deliver the keynote address at this yearÕs annual Martin Luther King interfaith program on Thursday, Jan. 20.


Although Martin Luther King Jr. Day was Monday, the University’s annual commemoration of his legacy is not a one-day affair. This year the King commemorative organizers have used the occasion to schedule a number of forums, workshops, lectures and discussions that examine the state of civil rights today, King’s legacy and how best to realize his goals.

Upcoming King commemorative events are listed below. For further information about the annual commemoration, call the African American Resource Center at 215-898-0104.

Thursday, Jan. 20

INTERFAITH PROGRAM: United Negro College Fund President William H. Gray III is the keynote speaker, with music from R’nanah and the New Spirit of Penn. 7 p.m. in Harold Prince Theater, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St.; reception at 5:30 p.m. precedes program.

Friday, Jan. 21

JAZZ FOR KING: The musical celebration of King’s life and ideals features Community Relations Director Glenn Bryan’s jazz ensemble “Friends,” poetry by Tanji Gilliam and Larry Moses, and artwork by Leroy Campbell. 6 to 8 p.m. in the Terrace Room, Logan Hall, 249 S. 36th St.

Sunday, Jan. 23

BEYOND BIASES: Alliance and Understanding’s workshop will help students explore personal stereotypes and biases that get in the way of their learning and working together. 6 to 8 p.m. at Civic House, 3914 Locust Walk.

Monday, Jan. 24

HEALTH CLASS: Elsie Pamuk of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services speaks on “Socioeconomic Differentials in Health.” 4 to 6 p.m. at the Greenfield Intercultural Center, 3708 Chestnut St.

REALIZING THE DREAM, I: DePaul University Professor Michael Eric Dyson and University of Colorado Professor Evelyn Hu-DeHart exchange views on what colleges and college students can do to achieve King’s vision of integration and social and economic justice. 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Iron Gate Theatre, 3700 Chestnut St.

REALIZING THE DREAM, II: A workshop for students examines the same issues raised in the public forum from a Penn perspective. 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Greenfield Intercultural Center.

Tuesday, Jan. 25

ACTIVISM IN ACADEME: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Center Director Robert Schoenberg, anti-sweatshop activist Miriam Joffe-Block (C’00) and Hoa Duang of the Asian Pacific Student Coalition speak on “Student Activism in Intellectual Communities.” Noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Terrace Room, Logan Hall, 249 S. 36th St.

RACE ON THE TABLE: Evelyn Hammonds of MIT speaks on “The Logic of Difference: Race and Gender in 19th-Century Gynecological Surgery.” 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the History Department lounge, 352B, 3401 Walnut St.

WIRING THE COMMUNITY: Ed Schwartz of the Institute for the Study of Civic Values and representatives from Wade Cablevision and Comcast Cablevision speak on “Community Access to Emerging Technologies.” 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Greenfield Intercultural Center.

Wednesday, Jan. 26

OUR CIVIC DUTY: Center for Community Partnerships Director Ira Harkavy and faculty members Helen Davies, Jorge Santiago-Aviles and Barbara Savage talk about Penn’s civic responsibility to the West Philadelphia community. Noon to 1 p.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. at The Veranda, 3615 Locust Walk.

PROTEST ARTS: Professors Al Filreis and Guy Ramsey, vocalist Stuart Jasper and poet Tanji Gilliam discuss “Protest and Civic Disobedience in the Literary, Performance and Visual Arts.” 7 to 8:30 p.m. at W.E.B. DuBois College House, 3900 Walnut St.

Friday, Jan. 28

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: The School of Nursing hosts a birthday party for Martin Luther King, and the whole campus is invited. Noon to 1 p.m. in the Nursing Education Building auditorium, 420 Guardian Drive.

Originally published on January 20, 2000