MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University will have several activities celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. during the week of Jan. 16-20. The general public is invited to participate in the events free of charge.

            A candlelight march will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, outside of Gant and Spalding Halls. It will end at the University Center, where Bryant Smith, an outspoken lecturer on race relations and author of Black Not Blind, will speak at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

            A community-wide read-in of King’s letter from Birmingham Jail is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 17. Residents are encouraged to take an hour at home to read and reflect on the letter, in preparation for a public discussion the following day. King’s letter can be found at http://www.nobelprizes.com/nobel/peace/MLK-jail.html. The public discussion is scheduled at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the University Center lounge.

            Another public discussion titled “Has ‘The Dream’ Been Deferred?” will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in the diversity student services atrium in C.B. Hedgcock. Darnell Bradley, director of diversity student services at NMU, will serve as the moderator.

            The week will end with a night-time breakfast and diversity student services open house from 8-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in the diversity student services atrium in C.B. Hedgcock.

            The week-long celebration is sponsored by diversity student services, the ethnic and cultural diversity committee, and the University Center. For more information, contact Bradley at 227-1699.

Prepared By
Becky Kratz