The Life of Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrated on Yale Campus January 15-20

A celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will take place on the Yale campus beginning on January 15, King’s birthday, and concluding on January 20, the national holiday observed in his honor. King was awarded an honorary degree from Yale in 1964.

Wednesday, January 15, Paul Robeson, Jr. Visits Yale University
4:30 p.m.: Calhoun College, 434 College Street; Master’s Tea with Paul Robeson, Jr., author of The Undiscovered Paul Robeson : An Artist’s Journey, 1898-1939, co-sponsored by Afro-American Cultural Center, and Film Studies Program.

8:00 p.m.: Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium, 53 Wall Street. Screening of two newly restored films (in 35mm), featuring Paul Robeson: The Emperor Jones (Dudley Murphy, 1933), My Song Goes Forth (Joseph Best, 1937). Introduced by Paul Robeson, Jr.,. Robeson will be present for a Q & A after the films. Sponsored by Film Studies, African American and American Studies Departments.

Friday, January 17, Salt of the Earth: A Prophetic Christian Vision of the Gospel and Social Justice
7 p.m.: 211 Park Street (Afro-American Cultural Center); Salt of the Earth, a Christian group at Dwight Hall committed to social justice and peacemaking, is convening a special Martin Luther King Day event with worship and a panel discussion on King’s prophetic vision in contemporary America. Community leaders and theologians will discuss the relevance of the Christian Gospel in working for social justice regarding issues particularly important to King: race, violence and labor.

Invited panelists include Prof. Gilbert Bond, Yale Divinity School; Rev. Bonita Grubbs, Christian Community Action; Rev. Scott Marks, New Growth Outreach Ministries; Bishop Theodore Brooks, Beulah Heights First Pentecostal Church; Rev. Samuel Ross-Lee, Immanuel Baptist Church.

Saturday, January 18, A Celebration Fit for a King
11-3 p.m.: Payne Whitney Gym, Educational Yale tour for Roberto Clemente students; and science, math and sports clinic for kids. Sponsored by Pre-Medical Association for Afro-American and Latino Students (PAALS) and the Dwight Hall Education Network.

4-6 p.m.: Yale Faculty Panel Discussion, Linsley Chittendon Hall, Room 102. “Civil Rights Revisited and Affirmative Action: An Historical, Sociological and Educational Perspective;” Moderator: Assistant Prof. Alondra Nelson, African American Studies and Sociology; Prof. Glenda Gilmore, African American Studies. Invited guests: Liza Cariaga-Lo, Assistant Dean for Office of Diversity, Yale Graduate School.

4-6 p.m.: Linsley Chittendon Hall - Tabling by Yale Aids Network, Yale Students for Peace, Students Against the Death Penalty, YHAAP. These groups will have materials to write letters on behalf of their issues as well as educational information.

Wall of Dreams: In the spirit of King’s dreams and also as a means for reflection on where we are today and where we would like to see ourselves in the future, MLK Day will feature a Wall of Dreams, as a portion of Communiversity Day, on Saturday, Jan. 18 in the Payne Whitney Gym, where people from Yale and the surrounding New Haven community can voice their visions for the future.

Sunday, January 19, Interfaith Service and Discussions
Battell Chapel, Interfaith Service - TBA;

2 p.m.: Michael Franti, formerly of Spearhead, at the Peabody Museum speaking on environmental justice; 5:30 p.m., dinner and discussion.

Monday, January 20, “Beginning Honest Discourse and Enacting Change”
12 p.m. - 2 p.m., Afro-American Cultural Center, Pan-Ethnic luncheon and film screenings: King’s speech, “The Two Americas” given at Stanford University, May 1967; and A Four Season’s production: “State of the Nation; The Color is Green,” with Calvin Butts, Allen Callahan and Kathleen Cleaver.

8 - 9:30 p.m., Battell Chapel, performance showcase and closing ceremony with Yale performance groups.

This year, the M.L. King Coordinating Council has reached out to each residential college and asked that they consider a project, tea or film for M.L. King Day.

Calhoun College - with Paul Robeson, Jr. on January 15.

Ezra Stiles College - January 20, 2:30 p.m., George Edwards, former member of New Haven Black Panther Party, sponsored by the Anti-Racism Group. Open to the public.

Pierson College - speech, discussion and dinner in the Master’s house about King’s legacy and issues of race. Contact 432-1031 for more information.

Saybrook College - Most of the SY entryways are dedicated to the 43 “Worthies” selected in 1917 for inscription. Following renovation, SY had two “blank” entryways. On January 20, we will dedicate the more prominent of our 2 new entryways to Edward Bouchet, Class of 1874, Ph.D. 1876, the first African-American Ph.D. in the United States and the sixth Ph.D. in Physics in the U.S. 2002 was the 150th anniversary of the birth of Bouchet here in New Haven, and there have been several events in his memory. Time for initial stone cutting - 2:30 p.m. Contact 432-0540 for more info.

Silliman College - Screening of “At the River I Stand” with reception and discussion. Call 432-0700 for more information.

Timothy Dwight College - January 20, 9 p.m., Jazz musician Mark Turner with reception and discussion. Call 432-0770 for more information. Admission restricted to Timothy Dwight students.

Events sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Coordinating Council in cooperation with Dwight Hall, Calhoun, Saybrook, Timothy Dwight, Ezra Stiles, and Silliman colleges; PAALS, Interfaith Service Committee, Salt of the Earth, Muslim Student Association, The Yale Co-op, Black Student Alliance, the Anti-Racism Group, Yale Aids Network, Yale Students for Peace, Students Against the Death Penalty, YHAAP, Film Studies Program and the Afro-American Cultural Center.

Call 432-4131 for general information or email

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