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Susan Cribbs

For immediate release:
January 7, 2005

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 17

EVENT: Carnegie Mellon University will honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 17, with a series of afternoon activities. Events will include an address by Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon on the state of diversity at the university, a writing awards program in which both area high school and Carnegie Mellon students will read narratives revealing their experiences with racial difference and discrimination, and a keynote address by Darlene Clark Hine. The Board of Trustees Professor of African American Studies and Professor of History at Northwestern University, Hine is a renowned author and historian. Her address, "Freedom Is Our Business: Black Professionals Before the Modern Civil Rights Movement," will demonstrate how a generation of black professionals built bridges across gender, class and regional divides to create the foundations for the modern civil rights movement.

A panel of civic leaders and members of the university community will discuss "Black Rights, Gay Rights: Expanding the Boundaries of Civil Rights" during the Community Conversation. Moderated by Everett Tademy, the university's director of equal opportunity services, the panel will include state Rep. Dan Frankel (D-23rd District); La'Tasha D. Mayes, master of science candidate in public policy and management at Carnegie Mellon's Heinz School; and Kristina Straub, professor of literary and cultural studies and associate dean of Carnegie Mellon's College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The day's events will also include community service opportunities for students, a candlelight procession and the Community Collage, during which students and staff will pay tribute to Dr. King through artistic expression.

WHEN: Activities begin at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, with President Cohon's address. The writing awards program will take place at 1:30 p.m., followed by the Community Conversation at 2:30 p.m., the candlelight procession at 4:30 p.m. and Dr. Hine's address at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Carnegie Mellon's University Center on Forbes Avenue.

For more information, contact Susan Cribbs at 412-268-2900 or visit


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