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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemorative Program to Be Held

On Thursday, January 29, 2009, the IUP African American Cultural Center will host the nineteenth annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemorative Program. The program is designed to honor and recognize Dr. King and the National King Holiday as well serve as a kickoff to Black History Month 2009. This year’s theme is “Dawning of a New Era” and will include a full day of activities (see below). A keynote program will conclude the day at 7:00 p.m. in Eberly College of Business with Ms. Donna Brazile presenting the Keynote Address entitled “Martin, Malcolm, Rosa, Obama, and Now Us: The Politics of Climate Change.”

Ms. Brazile is also chair of the Voting Rights Institute and the first African American woman to “lead a major presidential campaign,” having served as campaign manager for Gore-Lieberman 2000. She has also worked on a number of other presidential campaigns that range from Carter-Mondale to Clinton-Gore. Several students, faculty members, and a special presentation by award-winning children of Pittsburgh will be among other participants. The event is sponsored by the African American Cultural Center in conjunction with the office of Social Equity and Civic Engagement, the Pan African Studies Program, and a number of other university departments and/or organizations.

We hope you can join us. For further information, please contact the AACC at 724-357-2455 or visit the African American Cultural Center website. Further information on the Keynote speaker is available at the American Program Bureau.

The following is a complete listing of activities for the commemorative program on Thursday, January 29, 2009:

  • 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. — The Annual MLK Film Fest showing “King,” Crimson Event Center, Folger Hall
  • 1:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. — The Annual MLK Luncheon and Reflections Workshop, Crimson Event Center, Folger Hall
  • 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. — Keynote Program with Donna Brazile as guest speaker, Eberly College of Business Auditorium
    A Q&A period, reception, and book signing follow the keynote program.

All events are free. All are welcome!

  • African American Cultural Center
  • Susan S. Delaney Hall, Suite B25
    920 Grant Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2455
  • Fax: 724-357-6196
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  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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