January 8, 2001
Another odyssey of King
activities schedules for 2001
By Deb Hammacher
Theologian Vincent Harding, civil rights pioneer Doris Derby and a worship service featuring a Presbyterian pastor from South Africanot to mention Emorys now-traditional day of tree plantingwill highlight the Universitys 2001 Martin Luther King Week activities.
Emory will once again partner with Trees Atlanta to plant trees in the
historic King district, focusing this year on Jackson Street.
Coordinated by Volunteer Emory, the project has been very popular with
Atlantans and Emory students, staff and faculty in the past. To volunteer,
One of this years two featured speakers, Derby is director of the
Office of African American Student Services and Programs at Georgia State
University, and a former member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating
An artist and educator, Derby will speak at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16,
on her pioneering work in the Mississippi Delta during the civil rights
movement. Her personal papers and photographs make up the accompanying
Woodruff Library exhibit, Fertile Ground: The Civil Rights Movement
and Its Legacy in the Mississippi Delta.
Harding, professor of religion and social transformation at the Iliff
School of Theology in Denver, will lead a forum at 7 p.m., Jan. 16, on
the role of race and justice in American society.
Harding has a long history of involvement in peace and justice movements,
including the Southern black freedom struggle. He was the first director
of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change and
served as director and chairperson of The Institute of the Black World.
He was senior academic consultant to the award-winning PBS television
series, Eyes on the Prize.
The Universitys ecumenical worship service on Sunday, Jan. 21,
will feature the Very Most Rev. Maake Masango, pastor of St. Giles Presbyterian
Church in Johannesburg, South Africa. Masango has hosted groups from Emory
the last two summers as part of the Universitys journeys of
Another popular annual event is the jazz vespers service presided over
by Dwight Andrews, Emory music professor and senior minister at Atlantas
First Congregational Church. This years service will be at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 18, in Cannon Chapel.
All King Week activities are free and open to the public.
For more information, go to www.sph.emory.edu/AWARDS/kingweek.html or call 404-727-4148.
A full listing of King Week events are at