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Jan. 11: Carnegie Mellon Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 15


Susan Cribbs

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 15MLK

EVENT: Carnegie Mellon University will honor the life and work of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 15, 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 and a writing awards program in which area high school and Carnegie Mellon students will read narratives revealing their experiences with racial difference and discrimination. Author and Pittsburgh native John Edgar Wideman will deliver the keynote address.    

A panel of civic leaders will discuss "Opportunity. Justice. Pittsburgh? Is King's Vision Relevant in 2007?" during the Community Conversation. Moderated by Everett Tademy, the university's director of diversity and equal opportunity services, the panel will include Terri Baltimore, director of arts and neighborhood development, Hill House Association; Rashad Byrdsong, executive director, Community Empowerment Association; John Fetterman, mayor of Braddock, Pa.; Omar-Abdul Lawrence, community organizer, activist and DJ; Mark Roosevelt, superintendent, Pittsburgh Public Schools; Rob Stephany, director of commercial development, East Liberty Development Inc.; and Justin Strong, proprietor, The Shadow Lounge, East Liberty.     

The day's events will also include a discussion by local historian John Brewer on "How Photos Tell the Story" and an exhibit from the Pittsburgh Courier photo archives. Also scheduled are children's programming, volunteer opportunities for students, a candlelight procession and the Community Collage and Choral Tribute, during which students and staff will pay tribute to King through song, verse and personal interpretation.

WHEN: Activities begin at noon on Monday, Jan. 15, with the Community Collage and Choral Tribute. President Cohon's address is scheduled for 12:30 p.m., with the awards program taking place at 1:30 p.m., the Community Conversation at 2:30 p.m., the Brewer lecture at 3:45 p.m., the candlelight procession at 4:30 p.m. and Wideman'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