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Plan Now for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemorative Program

Posted on 12/6/2010 5:26:08 PM

Besides being a kick-off to African American History Month 2011, IUP will host its twenty-first annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemorative Program on Thursday, January 27, 2011.

The day will include a “Day of Volunteer Community Service,” an MLK volunteer community service breakfast; “Reflections in Black: Afircan American History on Wheels Exhibit,” the annual MLK Luncheon and Reflections Workshop; a student leader's reception with the day's special guest, and a keynote program at 7:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium. The theme of the day will be “Maintaining Ethnic Identity, Celebrating Diversity.”

Following a brief introductory program, which will include several IUP students, the keynote program will feature a panel presentation entitled “What Would MLK, Jr. Say?: Is America Really Post-Racial?” The panel will be moderated by author-activist Bakari Kitwana who wrote The Hip Hop Generation and is president of Rap Sessions, Inc., the first national touring company that brings townhall format “to scores of critics across the country.”

Kitwana is also a former editor of the Source hip hop magazine, an artist-in-resident at the University of Chicago, and professor/teacher of the “Politics of the Hip Hop Generation.”

The panel members will feature several leading hip-hop actvists, scholars, and artists, including:

  • Joan Morgan, author
  • Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, author and Columbia University professor
  • Jabari Asim, author of The N-Word, editior of NAACP's Crisis Magazine, and former deputy book editor for the Washington Post
  • Invincible (Tiana Weaver), hip-hop artist, entrepreneur, youth activist
  • Adam Mansback, author, Rutger's artist-in-residence, artistic consultant, founding editor
  • Lisa Fager Bediako, consultant for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, president and co-founder of Industry Ears, Inc.

The panel presentation will be followed by a Q&A session, reception, and book-signing.

Mark your calendars now to particiipant in the most unique MLK Commemorative Program ever at IUP on January 27, 2011, sponsored by the IUP African American Cultural Center (AACC) in conjunction with several university departments and/or community agencies. All events will be free and open the public!

Please watch your calendars also for other IUP and local events that will celebrate MLK Day 2011 (Jan 17, 2011). These events wil begin Saturday, January 15, and run through January 31, with the highlight being the keynote program on January 27, as noted above.

If there are any questions about recognition of MLK Day 2011 at IUP, please contact the AACC at 724-357-2455.