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Jan. 11: Carnegie Mellon Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 18


Abby Houck       

Carnegie Mellon Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 18

Keynote Speaker James H. Cone Discusses "Nobody Knows de Trouble I've Seen"

PITTSBURGH—Members of the community are invited to participate in Carnegie Mellon University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Monday, Jan. 18. Classes scheduled after 12:30 p.m. will be canceled to encourage participation in a series of programs commemorating Dr. King's work.

James H. Cone, the Charles Augustus Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York, will deliver the keynote address, "Nobody Knows de Trouble I've Seen," at 5 p.m. An ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Cone focuses his research and teaching on Christian theology. He is the author of 11 books, including "Black Theology and Black Power" (1969) and "A Black Theology of Liberation" (1970).

All programs will be held in Carnegie Mellon's University Center and are sponsored by the Office of the President and Division of 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

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. Carnegie Mellon's Creative Writing Program, Division of Student Affairs and Office of the President sponsor the annual awards.
2-3 p.m.: Children's Program: Holden Puppets performance of "World Neighborhood"; Kirr Commons, first floor

2:30-4 p.m.: Community Conversation; McConomy Auditorium, first floor
The President's Diversity Advisory Council will gather feedback on a document drafted this year titled "A Guiding Principle for University Culture."

Everett Tademy, Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Equal Opportunity Services
Jared Cohon, President, Carnegie Mellon
Janel Sutkus, Director of Institutional Research and Analysis
Ray Obenza, Human Resources, Software Engineering Institute
4:15 p.m.: Candlelight Procession; Procession begins in the Purnell Center lobby
Join members of the community to honor the work of Dr. King with a symbolic march.

5 p.m.: "Nobody Knows de Trouble I've Seen"; Rangos Hall, second floor
Keynote address by James H. Cone, Charles Augustus Briggs Distinguished Professor, Union Theological Seminary
Student speakers: Kristine McPherson, senior, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Francisco Santiago, junior, Carnegie Institute of Technology

12:30-4:30 p.m.: Ongoing Exhibits and Activities
Artwork by students from Linden Academy will be on display on the first floor of the University Center. 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.