Carnegie Mellon will celebrate the contributions of the late great civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 21 with a series of activities in the University Center.
The celebration begins at 12:30 p.m. with President Jared L. Cohon's "State of Diversity" address. Following President Cohon's talk, winners of the English Department's Martin Luther King Jr. Writing Awards will read their entries.
The writing awards program, founded by English Professor and poet Jim Daniels, asks area high school and Carnegie Mellon students to submit personal narratives revealing their experiences with racial differences or discrimination, or personal reflections on race that rely on concrete detail. There are two categories, prose and poetry. Prizes are $100, $50 and $10 for first-, second- and third-place in each category.
A panel discussion between civic leaders will follow the awards presentation. At 4:30 p.m. members of the university community can participate in a candlelight procession from the Purnell Center to the University Center's Rangos Ballroom, where Manning Marable, one of America's most influential historians and political interpreters of the black experience, will deliver the keynote address. Marable's talk is entitled "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and His Vision of Freedom."
Marable is a professor of history and political science and founding director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. He has authored and edited nearly 20 books and anthologies and more than 200 articles in academic journals. He has appeared on CNN's "Talk-Back Live," NBC's "Today Show" and ABC's "Weekend News."
There will be no undergraduate classes between 12:30 4:30 p.m. to allow students and faculty to attend the activities.
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