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Jan. 9: Carnegie Mellon Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 19


Abby Houck                        

Carnegie Mellon Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 19

Keynote Speaker Michael Eric Dyson Discusses "King, Obama and The American Dream"

MLK JrPITTSBURGH—Members of the community are invited to participate in Carnegie Mellon University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Monday, Jan. 19. Classes scheduled after 12:30 p.m. will be canceled to encourage participation in a series of programs commemorating Dr. King's work.
Acclaimed author and Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson will give the keynote address, "King, Obama and The American Dream," at 4:30 p.m. in Rangos Ballroom. Recognized in many circles as the "Hip-Hop Intellectual," Dyson has been named to Ebony's list of the "100 Most Influential Black Americans." His work combines cultural criticism and biography, while focusing on themes of race, religion and popular culture.
All programs will be held in Carnegie Mellon's University Center and are sponsored by the Office of the President and Student Affairs.

The schedule of events is as follows:

  • 12-12:30 p.m.: Choral and Community Tribute to Dr. King, Kirr Commons, first floor
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m.: State of Diversity Address, Jared Cohon, Carnegie Mellon University President, McConomy Auditorium, first floor
  • 12:30-3:30 p.m.: Connecting with the Pittsburgh Community Volunteer Fair, Kirr Commons, first floor
  • 12:30-4:30 p.m.: Ongoing Exhibits and Activities; Artwork by students from Linden Academy will be on display in the University Center Art Gallery. Documentary films will play in the first and second floor lobby areas of the University Center, and Martin Luther King Jr. books will be available at the University Store and on the first floor of Hunt Library.
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Martin Luther King Jr. Writing Awards Presentation and Readings, Rangos Hall, second floor; Local high school students and Carnegie Mellon students will read personal narratives about racial difference and discrimination. The awards are sponsored by Carnegie Mellon's Creative Writing Program, the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of the President.
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Alternative Break Presents Service Learning Opportunities, Connan Room, first floor; Students from last year's Alternative Break trips to Ecuador and Atlanta will share their experiences. Organizers will discuss plans for this year's trips to Peru and St. Bernard's Parish, La.
  • 2-3 p.m.: Children's Program: Holden Puppets performance of "World Neighborhood," Kirr Commons, first floor
  • 2:30-4 p.m.: Community Conversation: Gay Rights/Civil Rights — Expanding the Boundaries of Civil Rights, McConomy Auditorium, first floor; Moderator: Everett Tademy, Assistant Vice President for Diversity; Panelists: Michael Bridges, Associate Director of Educational Support; Lynn Cullen, Pittsburgh radio show host and media personality        
  • 4 p.m.: Candlelight Procession, beginning in the Purnell Center lobby; Join members of the community to honor the work of Dr. King with a symbolic march for Civil Rights against racial segregation.
  • 4:30 p.m.: King, Obama and The American Dream, Rangos Ballroom, second floor; Keynote address and reception with Michael Eric Dyson; Student speakers: Carlton Reeves, Carnegie Institute of Technology senior, and Terryn Hall, Heinz College graduate student