Events and activities Jan. 15, 2007, at Carnegie Mellon University will honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The celebration will begin at noon at Kirr Commons in University Center with a choral tribute by students from the university's School of Music and School of Drama.
President Jared Cohon will then discuss diversity at Carnegie Mellon, and later, students from both campus and local high schools will read personal creative works about their individual experiences with race-related issues.
The keynote address will be delivered by John Edgar Wideman, novelist and professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Wideman, whose writings have appeared in the New Yorker, Vogue, Esquire, Emerge and The New York Times Magazine, grew up in Pittsburgh — where many of his writings are set.
The festivities will conclude with a dinner and panel discussion on the meaning and relevance of Dr. King's speeches to young scholars in today's world.
All events are free and open to members of the Carnegie Mellon and Pittsburgh communities and their guests.