University celebrates King’s legacy

“One Woman’s Action…One Man’s Effort” is the theme of the University’s annual celebration honoring Martin Luther King Jr. at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 in Graham Chapel.

Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton will begin the program with a welcome and remarks. Also speaking will be Margaret Bush Wilson, a prominent civil rights attorney in the 1960s and the first woman to chair the board of directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and several student leaders. The evening will include performances by the YMCA Boys Choir and Washington University’s Black Anthology.

A reception in the Women’s Building Formal Lounge will follow the program.

The celebration is sponsored by African and African American Studies in Arts & Sciences, the Annika Rodriguez Scholarship Program, Black Alumni Council, Bon Appetit, Campus Life, Campus Y, Community Service Program, Cornerstone: The Center for Advanced Learning, Event Services, FedEx Kinko’s, Gephardt Institute, Greek Life Office, Government and Community Relations, Office of Diversity Initiatives, Office of Student Activities, the Department of Psychology in Arts & Sciences, Residential Life, Student Union and Unlimited Water.

This is the 19th year the University has supported a King tribute.

The celebration is free and open to the public. For more information, call 935-5965.

Other MLK events

Among other campus events is the Black Law Students Association’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative speaker event.

Sheryll Cashin, professor of law at Georgetown University, former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and an advisor to President Bill Clinton on urban and economic policy, will present “Shall We Overcome? Democracy, Race and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century” at 11 a.m. Jan. 18 in Anheuser-Busch Hall.

Cashin is in residence as a Washington University Distinguished Visiting Scholar.

For more information, call 935-4958.

The Society of Black Student Social Workers will host “Celebrate King Holiday 2006: When Does the Dream Become Reality,” an afternoon of discussion from 1-4 p.m. Jan. 16 in Brown Hall. The featured speaker will be Kristal Brent Zook, an award-winning investigative journalist and author. Zook is a contributing writer for Essence magazine and a commentator on NPR’s “News and Notes with Ed Gordon.”

For more information, call 935-6676,

The School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity Programs will present a talk by Ellis Cose, a columnist and contributing editor for Newsweek magazine and author of The Rage of a Privileged Class, titled “Civil Rights and the 21st Century: Building on King’s Legacy” at 4 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Eric P. Newman Education Center.

For more information, call 362-6854.

The Student National Medical Association, the School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity Programs, and the Arts Commission will present “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Reflections on a Legacy” coffeehouse and open-mic night at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 in the King Center on the seventh floor of Becker Library. Participants are invited to share their thoughts and experiences on equality, community, civil rights, discrimination, race relations and more.

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