The Michigan Daily - Monday, January 15, 1990 - Page 3
by Angela Bommarito
Many associate Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. with the struggle
for Black civil rights; but during his
birthday celebration today, many
campus programs will discuss the
struggles and histories of other mi-
"It's a time to think about what
.everyone can do to improve equal
* rights," said Melissa Lopez, presi-
dent of the Native American Student
Association. "Martin Luther King
Day is for all minorities, and the fact
that the University of Michigan has
reached out to other minorities is a
R Although many of today's pro-
grams do not differentiate among the
ethnic groups, four panel discussions
:separately address the status of Black
Americans, Native Americans, Lati-
nos and Latinas, and Asian Ameri-
"King was very involved in is-
sues that couldn't be pinned down to
only Blacks," said Socially Active
Latino Students' Association Presi-
dent Carlos Manjarrez, an LSA se-
Manjarrez said King made people
aware that all groups can suffer op-
pression, and therefore all must fight
for their civil rights.
LSA junior Raul Medina, presi-
dent of the Puerto Rican Associa-
tion, said that there must be more
communication between minorities
z nd that students on campus should
do more things outside of their own
"King set the example of being
united. Getting students together as a
whole group on campus (for MLK
day) will give more meaning to
King's words," he said.
LSA senior Lily Hu, a member
of the Asian American Association,
said the struggles of different minor-
* ty groups are intertwined. "The
struggle for African-Americans has
helped other minorities and as a re-
sult other minorities have fought for
their rights," she said.
Colleges differ on cancellation
of classes on national holiday
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State senator Jackie Vaughn speaks about "The Civil Rights Agenda in Lieu of Reagan Era Setbacks" at a
Paunel Discussion Friday. The discussion was part of the weeklong Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Panelists: Cvi rights hurt
by Josephine Ballenger
The U.S. civil rights movement
continues to gain ground despite
setbacks created by former President
Reagan's administration, five
speakers said Friday during a Martin
Luther King, Jr. Day panel
discussion at Hale Auditorium.
The discussion - which was
attended by about 60 people - was'
sponsored by the University's
student Commemoration of a Dream
"Reagan set so many people
behind. The walls are tumbling
down in Eastern Europe, yet there is
a tremendous amount of people (in
the U.S.) homeless, needy, or
hungry," said panelist Charles
Anderson, president of the Detroit
"A lot of people criticize groups
or organizations and I think that's a
problem because they are made up of
us as volunteers," Anderson noted
addressing the role of civil rights
organizations. "If there's a group
you don't like, join one you do and
do something about it ... to make
the Afro-American experience
State Sen. Jackie Vaughn (D-'
Detroit), who headed the committee'
organizing the state's celebration of
MLK Day, said "the next step" in
the civil rights movement is to get
'Dr. Martin Luther
King's life was a
blueprint that we can
build on. The question
is where are the
carpenters to build
upon this keystone?' c
"some help in the political arena."
Rev. Nicholas Hood, a Detroit
City Council member and director of
several Detroit-area philanthropic
organizations, noted that just a little
over one per cent of the nationally
elected officials are Black.
University Prof. and panelist
James Chaffers said he sees MLK
day as an opportunity for everyone
to bond their unique strengths.
"Dr. Martin Luther King's life
was a keystone, a framework, a
blueprint that we can build on,"
Chaffers said. "The question is,
'Where are the masons, the
carpenters to build upon this
He suggested that three people
from each campus civil rights group
get together and do "the kind of
critical thinking that we do not do
"To commemorate means a lot
more than remember; it also means
to be mindful. It's moving to ideals
that Martin Luther King set a few
years ago," Chaffers said.
by Taraneh Shafii
Daily Staff Writer
Some college students around the
country plan to attend seminars, hear
speeches, and discuss issues during
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day cel-
ebrations today. Others, however, are
heading to class as usual.
At the University two years ago,
students protested officials' decision
to hold classes as usual. Last year,
officials honored the protesters'
wishes and cancelled all classes; the
trend continues this year.
Among other schools through-
out the country, both Duke Univer-
sity and Northwestern University
have classes scheduled today.
Unlike Michigan's policy which
gives the day off to faculty and stu-
dents, but not staff and administra-
tors, Duke faculty and students are
required to attend class today, while
administrators and staff have the day
One Duke student said there is
not a large movement to have
classes cancelled today.
"There's not a lot of talk about
it," said Duke junior Emily Allen.
"This is a very inactive campus."
Services were held at both Duke
and Northwestern this weekend
honoring King. Northwestern will
also hold its 11th annual Martin
Luther King Jr. forum tonight fea-
turing speakers and entertainment.
At Duke, the Black Student Al-
liance has organized a march for to-
day and a new speech titled, "The
Dream Revisited," will be delivered
by Duke University President Keith
Brodie and other university and
Although Harvard University stu-
dents have the day off today for their
finals' reading period, nothing is
scheduled to honor King today.
Finals start tomorrow at Harvard
and university policy forbids holding
organizational meetings during the
reading period, said Erica Marsh,
president of Harvard's Black Student
Association. However, Episcopal
Bishop Barbara Harris was the guest
speaker Friday at the third annual
memorial service to commemorate
In February, Marsh said Harvard
students focus on events for Black
History month instead of scheduling
programs today. For the first time,
events - including speakers Debbie
Allen, an entertainer, and Daryl De-
Priest, general counsel for the Amer-
ican Bar Association - are sched-
uled for the entire month.
"It's something everybody can
benefit from no matter what racial or
ethnic background they're from,"
Although classes will be held to-
day at Eastern Michigan University,
for the second year a number of uni-
versity and student-sponsored events
are scheduled to honor King.
Lerone Bennett, Ebony
magazine's senior editor, will be
EMU's keynote speaker today. Part
of the festivities include an unveil-
ing and dedication of a bust of King,
the centerpiece of EMU's Martin
Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gardens
and Plaza. A candlelight march will
take place tonight.
Stanford University, which cai-
celled today's classes, will hold disc
cussion panels, films, and services.
Attallah Shabazz, the daughter of
civil rights activist Malcolm X, will
speak as the main speaker of today's
However, according to Joel
Shukin of the Stanford News Service
there is some doubt as to how many
students will participate in the activ-
ities. "Everybody's off skiing in Ta-
hoe," he said.
MLK Day 1990
- List of Events
Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium
8:15 a.m. Rackham Auditorium
Speaker: C6sar Chavez, President, United Farm
9:15-10:30 a.m. Rackham Auditorium
.Panel:"King and the Civil Rights Movement: A
Concurrent Panel Discussions:
MLB Aud. 3 - "The Psychology of Prejudice and
Racism." Will discuss the history, nature, and
impact of institutionalized racism and stereotypes.
MLB Aud. 4 - "Civil Rights and the Domestic
Issues." Will discuss the current spirit of the federal
courts and the impact of their decisions on people
Michigan League, Mendelssohn Theater -
"Race and Ethnicity in Foreign Affairs." Will discuss
the impact of U.S. foreign policy on people of color.
-Michigan League Ballroom - "Women of Color
in the Struggle: Creating Alternative Institutions."
Will feature women of color who have coordinated
independent organizations that address the needs
and concerns of women.
Michigan Union, Room 2209
9-10 a.m.: Ethnic Notions
10:10-11:10 a.m.: Eyes on the Prize: No Easy Walk
11:20 a.m.- 1:10 p.m.: King: A Film's Record: From
Montgomery to Memphis
1:20-2:20 p.m.: In Remembrance of Martin
2:30-3:30 p.m.: Eyes on the Prize: Mississippi - Is
3:40-4:40 p.m.: Second American Revolution, Part lI
Other University-wide Events
9 a.m.-noon Haber Room, LSA Bldg.
"The Role of Writing Instruction in Promoting Ideals
Embodied in Martin Luther King Day"
Annual Unity March, beginning on the corner
of South U. and Washtenaw, ending on the
1-2 p.m. Schorling Aud., School of Ed.
School of Education
Lecture: "A vision for America's Education: Dr. King
and our schools"
1-2 p.m. 1500 EECS
Electrical Engineering/Computer Science
Discussion: "Open Forum to Discuss Minority
Concerns in Electrical Engineering and Computer
1-3 p.m. 3058 LSA
Department of Anthropology
Lecture: "Teaching About Racism From an
1-3 p.m. 3rd and 4th Floors, LSA
Department of Sociology
Workshop and Discussion: "A Common Destiny"
1-4 p.m. North Hall
Display: Blacks in the Armed Forces"
1-4 p.m. 1040 Dana Bldg.
School of Natural Resources
Discussion and Address: "Environmental Issues
and Concerns: The Impact on People of Color"
1-4 p.m. Markley Computer Room
Discussion: "Technology and Opportunities for
Prospective Minority Engineers"
1-4 p.m. Hale Auditorium
School of Business Administration, Social Work
Lecture: "Martin Luther King's Unfinished Agenda
for Business, Community and Society"
1-4 p.m. Art and Architecture Lecture Hall
College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Lecture: "King's Legacy: The Unfinished Agenda for
Architecture and Urban Planning
1:30-2:30 p.m. 2266 G.G. Brown Bldg.
Discussion: "Recruitment and Retention of Under-
represented Minority Students, Faculty and Staff"
1:30-3 p.m. Cooley Bldg., BAER Room
Video and Discussion: "Your Success Can Be En-
hanced by Positive Race Relations"
1:30-3:15 p.m. 1013 Dow
Discussion: "Minority Recruitment and Retention"
1:30-3:30 p.m. Dow Aud., Towsley Center
University Medical Center
Panel Discussion: "Parting the Waters - A focus on
Hope: Health Care Models for Action"
1:30-3:30 n.m. MLB Lecture Room 2
1:30-5 p.m. Rackham West Conference Room
Rackham Graduate School
Panel Discussion: "Graduate Studies in a Multi-
2 p.m. 201 Lorch Hall
Lecture: "The Labor Market Status of Black
2 p.m. 180 Tappan Bldg.
History of Art
Lecture: "Contemporary Latino Art in Michigan"
2 p.m. 100 Hutchins Hall
Video and Discussion: Video - The Meeting, an
imaginary meeting between Malcolm X and Martin
Luther King, Jr. Speaker - NE.thaniel R. Jones,
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
2 p.m. Population Studies Center
Populations Studies Center
Lecture: "Labor Force Transitions Among African
2 p.m. Rackham Amphitheater
School of Art
"An Artist and a Designer Comment on the Status
of a Multi-Cultural Perspective in the Arts"
2-3:30 p.m. 2035 Frieze
Department of Communication
Speaker: Laura Moseley, King/Chavez/Parks Visiting
2-4 p.m. Markley Hall
Markley Residence Hall
Program: "Salute to Women in the Civil Rights
2-4 p.m. Kellogg Auditorium
School of Dentistry
Presentation: "Communication Across Cultures"
2-4 p.m. Union Anderson Room
Office of Development
Discussion: "How Can We, as Ambassadors of the
University, Best Present the Policies and Practices
that Implement the Michigan Mandate?"
2-4 p.m. Union Pond Room
English Composition Program
Discussion: "Diversity in Discourse"
2-4 p.m. Lane Hall Commons
Center for Chinese Studies, U-M Asian Student
Panel Discussion: "Working Towards the Future:
Asian American FmnlovmAnt and Civil Rinhts"
2-4 p.m. Clements Library
Department of History
"Race, Social Change, and the Search for Power"
2-4 p.m. School of Nursing Aud.
School of Nursing
Program: "Our Unfinished Agenda: Nursing and
Health Care for the Underserved"
2-4 p.m. 1800 Dow
Science Development Council
Workshop: "Minorities and Women in the
2-5 p.m. Union Ballroom
Panel: "The Black Writer in Print"
2:30-4 p.m. Schorling Aud., School of Ed.
School of Education
"Realizing King's Legacy: Present and Future
Prospects for Federal Educational Policy"
3 p.m. 3554 C.C. Little
College of Pharmacy
Lecture: "Pharmacokinetics of Topical Drug
3 p.m. 6423 Med Sci 1
Seminar: "Uses of Polymerase: Chain Reaction in
Studying Viral Diseases"
3-4:30 p.m. Sheldon Aud., Towsley Center
Lecture: "Careers in a Changing Academic Environ-
3-5 p.m. Lorch Hall
Center for Afro-American and African Studies
Lecture: "A Critique of the Civil Rights Movement
- Was the Civil Rights Movement a Success or
3-5 p.m. Chrysler Auditorium
College of Engineering
Discussion: "Civil Rights and Educational Oppor-
tunities in Engineering for Underrepresented
3:30 p.m. 2553 LSA
Department of Sociology
Panel Discussion: "Common Destiny: Reflections
on the National Research Council Report on the
Status of Black Americans"
4 p.m. Rackham Assembly Hall
Center for Afro-American and African Studies
1:30-2:30 p.m. Union Pendleton Room
Post-Unity March Reception. Video Discussion: "A
History of the Civil Rights movement in America -
Martin Luther King's Contributions"