Carnegie Mellon University
January 12, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 17

Keynote Speaker Julianne Malveaux To Discuss King’s Economic Legacy

Contact: Abby Houck / 412-268-4290 /

PITTSBURGH—Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings will march through Carnegie Mellon University on Monday, Jan. 17 with School of Drama performances, interactive workshops, children’s activities and a high school writing awards presentation.
Julianne Malveaux, president of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C., will deliver a keynote address at 5 p.m. titled “The Economic Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”
Recognized for her progressive and insightful observations, Malveaux is an economist, author and commentator. Her work appears regularly in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms. Magazine, Essence magazine and the Progressive.
The celebration, which is free and open to members of the Carnegie Mellon and Pittsburgh communities, is sponsored by the Office of the President and Division of Student Affairs. Classes scheduled after 12:30 p.m. will be canceled to encourage student, faculty and staff participation.

The schedule is as follows:

12:30–1:30 p.m.School of Drama Tribute and President Jared L. Cohon’s State of Diversity Address
Rangos Hall, University Center, second floor

1–3 p.m.The Drum Major Instinct: A Social Justice Experience
Peter/Wright/McKenna rooms, University Center, second floor
This interactive workshop is open to Carnegie Mellon students only. The event includes a panel discussion with young leaders who are creating change in Pittsburgh and an Oxfam “World Hunger Banquet.” Register online or by contacting M. Shernell Smith at or 412-268-2075.

1–2 p.m. — Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King Jr.!

Children’s School, Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall, lower level
Children ages 3 to 8 are invited to participate in activities and attend a presentation.

1:30–2:30 p.m. — Martin Luther King Jr. Writing Awards Presentation and Readings

McConomy Auditorium, University Center, first floor
Local high school students will read personal narratives about the role race has played in their lives. Carnegie Mellon’s Creative Writing Program, Division of Student Affairs and Office of the President sponsor the annual awards.

2–3 p.m. — Story Circles Project

Alumni Lounge, University Center, first floor
The Division of Student Affairs is partnering with the August Wilson Center for African American Culture to provide a nexus for artistic, educational and culturally relevant programming. Black males of all ages and backgrounds are invited to share stories about their lives and experiences. August Wilson Center Fellow Tameka Cage-Conley will facilitate the afternoon discussion. Story Circles have taken place at various locations around Pittsburgh since November. Participants’ contributions will be incorporated into a professional dramatic production at the August Wilson Center titled “Uprise: Raising Black Men.”

Individuals who cannot attend the Jan. 17 event are invited to participate in a second Story Circle at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20 in Danforth Lounge, University Center. Maurice S. Turner II and Carlton A. Turner from the Mississippi-based community-arts group Men Under Guidance Acting Before Early Extinction (M.U.G.A.B.E.E.) will facilitate the evening discussion.

Contact M. Shernell Smith at or 412-268-2075 for more information and to register for either session.
2:30–4 p.m. — Community Conversation: Replacing Despair and Hopelessness with Hope and Opportunity

McConomy Auditorium, University Center, first floor

Moderator: Everett Tademy, assistant vice president for Diversity and Equal Opportunity Services, Carnegie Mellon
Alfred Blumstein, University Professor and J. Erik Jonsson Professor of Urban Systems and Operations Research, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon
Lisette M. McCormick, executive director, Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness
Larry E. Davis, dean and Donald M. Henderson Professor, School of Social Work, and director, Center on Race and Social Problems, University of Pittsburgh
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.

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.

5 p.m. — “The Economic Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”
Rangos Hall, University Center, second floor

Keynote address: Julianne Malveaux, president of Bennett College for Women
Student speakers: Maggie Soderholm, College of Humanities and Social Sciences junior
Appiah Adomako, H. John Heinz III College graduate student

7 p.m. — “Poetry Slam”
Skibo Café, University Center, second floor

Sponsored by SPIRIT, a student organization that promotes African American awareness through cultural and social activities.

More information is available at Contact Anne Witchner, assistant dean of Student Affairs, at or 412-268-4886 with questions.