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Release date:
Jan. 18, 2001
Contact: Deb Hammacher, Associate Director, 404-727-0644, or dhammac@emory.edu

MEDIA ADVISORY

Emory MLK Week Keynote Event Jan. 22: Opening Celebration of Exhibits on Emory's Early Black History and Anti-Lynching Activity

WHO: MLK Interdenominational Choir of Newton County performing, brief remarks by several speakers

WHAT: Martin Luther King Jr. Week keynote event. Celebration opening the exhibits
"A Dream Deferred: African Americans at Emory and Oxford Colleges, 1836-1968" and
"Protesting Racial Violence in Our History: Andrew Sledd, Warren Akin Candler and Lynching in Early 20th-Century Georgia."

WHEN: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22

WHERE: Cannon Chapel, 515 Kilgo Circle, Emory.

"A Dream Deferred" examines the history of African Americans at Emory and Oxford College from the time of Emory’s founding in 1836 to the desegregation of the university during the 1960s.

Pitts Theology Library will host a complementary exhibit on early anti-lynching activity at Emory, "Protesting Racial Violence: Andrew Sledd, Warren Candler and Lynching Controversies in Early 20th-Century Georgia." The Pitts display marks the 100th anniversary of the "Sledd affair," which drew Emory into national prominence on the lynching issue.

Of particular note, "Protesting Racial Violence" will include three images from the Allen-Littlefield collection of lynching photographs. Emory is sponsoring "Without Sanctuary," a broader exhibition of images from the Allen-Littlefield at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site beginning May 1.

The MLK Week opening will include presentations to Oxford City Councilman J.P. Godfrey (also the grandson of Israel Godfrey, the mason who built Oxford’s chapel) for his work to desegregate the Oxford Historical Cemetery, and three African-American community historians .

Many of the families descended from the early African-American residents of Oxford who worked for the college will be in attendance. These descendent families will be officially represented by Callie "Pat" Smith, a 1969 Emory alumna and great-granddaughter of William H.F. Thomas, a builder and farmer who helped build a number of the early buildings at Emory. Eugene Emory, professor of psychology at the university, will speak on the intertwining of personal, family and institutional memory in his life.

For details on the exhibitions, go to the MLK Week events calendar.
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