Release date: Dec. 14, 2000
Contact: Deb Hammacher, Assistant Director, 404-727-0644, or email@example.com
Emory Hosts Martin Luther King Jr. Week Activities
Emory will once again partner with Trees Atlanta to plant trees in the historic King district. This year's project will focus 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, call 404-727-6268.
Featured speakers this year are civil rights activist Doris A. Derby and theologian Vincent Harding.
Derby is director of the Office of African American Student Services and Programs at Georgia State University, and is a former member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. She is an artist and educator who will speak at 4 p.m. 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 Iliff School of Theology in Denver, will lead a forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 on the role of race and justice in American society. He 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." He currently serves as co-chairperson of the Gandhi-Hamer-King Center for the Study of Religion and Democratic Renewal at Iliff. Among his publications are: "The Other American Revolution"; "There Is a River, Vol. 1"; "Hope and History"; "Martin Luther King: The Inconvenient Hero"; and "We Changed the World" (with R. Kelly and E. Lewis).
Another popular annual event is the jazz vespers service presided over by Dwight Andrews, Emory music professor and senior minister at First Congregational Church in Atlanta. The service will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18.
The university's non-denominational 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 reconciliation.
For more information on King Week activities at Emory, go to: http://www.sph.emory.edu/AWARDS/kingweek.html or call 404-727-4148.
The schedule of Martin Luther King Jr. Week activities at Emory includes:
Monday, Jan. 15
Tuesday, Jan. 16
Forum. Vincent Harding, professor of religion and social transformation, Iliff School of Theology, will discuss the role of race and justice. 7 p.m. Cox Hall ballroom, 569 Asbury Circle, Emory.
Wednesday, Jan. 17
Forum. "Women Talking With Women: Women of Color and White Women in Dialogue." Facilitator: Pamela Epps. 4 p.m. Womens Center Conference Room, 618 McTyeire Dr., Emory (directly behind the Dobbs University Center).
Concert and birthday celebration. The Morehouse College Glee Club and Voices of Inner Strength gospel choir will perform in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. 8 p.m. Dobbs University Center commons, 605 Asbury Circle, Emory.
Thursday, Jan. 18
Jazz vespers. Dwight Andrews, Emory music professor and minister, will lead a jazz vespers service. 6 p.m. Cannon Chapel, 515 Kilgo Circle, Emory.
Worship service. Alton B. Pollard III, professor and director of black church studies at Emorys Candler School of Theology, will preach. 7 p.m. Allen Memorial Church, W. Pierce St., Oxford, Ga.
Friday, Jan. 19
Dance performance. AHANA (African, Hispanic, Asian, Native American) Dance/Theater Troupe. Reception to follow honoring the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars of Emory University. 7 p.m. 208 White Hall, 480 Kilgo Circle, Emory.
Sunday, Jan. 21
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