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people can review the activities of
the 18th," Moody said. "They can
talk about what they did during the
day, and how it went. It's open to
anyone, even people who were
watching on TV."
The Office of Minority Affairs -
albng with various campus orga-
nizations - has scheduled events
for the general public addressing
e-verything from schooling of
African Americans to the justice
Most events will take place
Monday, on King's observed birth-
day, although some programs are
planned for March.
Among celebrated speakers who
will visit the campus for MLK Day
is' former New York member of
congress Shirley Chisholm, who will
be lecturing on "Unity Through Di-
Judith Goodman, assistant dean
for Admissions and Student Services
at the School of Business, said be-
cause the honorable Chisholm has
never spoken at the University be-
fore, the sponsors do not know how
many people to anticipate.
"We just don't know what kind
of a turnout to expect," Goodman

said. "Hale Auditorium holds about
400, and we will have extra rooms
nearby in case the main auditorium
is filled. We will be videotaping the
speech so that people in the rooms
can see what is going on."
One of the most publicized
events for MLK Day is a perfor-
mance by the Urban Bush Women.
Sponsored by the University Musi-
cal Society, the Urban Bush Women
combine doo-wop, acting, cheer-
leader movements and anger dances
with traditional culture to create a
dance of an unusual type.
Robin Stephenson, marketing
director for the Musical Society, said
the eight-member group - along
with its own percussionist - has
prepared some new performances to
accompany some of their past ones..
"They have a new piece called
'Womb Wars,' which is of course
about abortion," she said. "They will
be performing a piece called
'Shelter,' which deals with homeless
people, along with a piece called
'Working for Free."'
Stephenson said one of the
group's most important pieces this
weekend is one titled, "I don't know,
but I've been told" - a tribute to
those who keep dance alive in
school, such as drill team members,

drum majorettes, and double dutch
Although a special event dealing
with racism is targeted towards
Institute for Social Research staff,
the public is welcome to view a
video and participate in a discus-
"Participants will be watching the
ABC Prime Time segment titled
'True Colors,"' said Coordinator of
Multicultural Programs Andrea
Monroe-Fowler. "This program ex-
poses an aspect of racism, and fol-
lowing the video will be a discussion
on ways to confront racism."
Among other scheduled activities
is the Black Student Union's annual
Unity March. The activity begins at
noon Monday at the corner of South
University Avenue and East Univer-
sity Avenue, with speeches follow-
ing on the Diag.
With activities such as the Unity
March, performances and sympo-
siums, Moody said that he hoped the
planned day would have a positive
impact on the campus.
"I hope ... people can use this day
to heal the wounds and build bridges
and not continue to live in the past,"
he said. "But in order to move to that
state we really have to work hard
and have justice."
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can be tackled," Clowney said.
LSA junior Kristina Smith
agreed, emphasizing a need to re-
member past hardships.
"I think the ones that don't know
anything about Martin Luther King
should be trying to enlighten them-
selves - not only about him, but
other Black leaders as well," Smith
said. "The students that do know
about him, especially the African
Americans, should be remembering
the struggles that those before us had
to go through and realize that we
still have a long way to go."
Other students said they think
one day is too short of a time period
to accomplish anything significant.
"If you don't know about Martin
Luther King you can't just spend
one day learning about him," said
LSA junior Vince Paige.
LSA sophomore, Susie Levin
agreed, adding that the time would be
better spent in the classroom.
"I think the day should be spent
in class because if you really think
about what Martin Luther King
stood for it was getting ahead
through education," Levin said. "The
day should promote social action.
You have to look back to get ahead,
but I still think we should be in
class learning about these things.
Every class has something that could
relate to it."
Some students said they see the
day off as counterproductive in an-
other manner, commenting that giv-
ing the day so much attention results
in losing the holiday's true meaning.
"It's like Labor Day - we get
the day off to celebrate labor. Martin
Luther King preached about work-

The University-sponsored symposium that commemorates Martin Luther King, Jr. includes
over 70 events, many of which will be Monday all over campus. The headliner events for
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Shirley Chisholm, Unity
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Law School Events
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Verdict, 9:30 a.m.
Michigan Union Events
Gloria Naylor, Making a
Difference: Libraries as
Society's Equalizers, 9 a.m.
Michigan League Events
The Urban Bush Women,
community sing, 3 p.m.
MLB Events
King: A Filmed Record,
9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Power Center Events
Opening Address, Bebe
Moore Campbell, 11 a.m.
Closing Address, Julianne
Malveaux, 7:30 p.m.
Rackham Events
MLK Morning celebration:
Hold Fast to Dreams,
Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.;
Concert and program,
9:30 a.m.
Faye Wattleton, Equality
and Justice: Women's
Unfinished Health Care
Agenda, 1:30-3:30 p.m.








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ing, and in remembering him we
take the day off just to think about
him," Paige said. "I'm not
complaining, but the next thing you
know they'll have Martin Luther
King t-shirts or something."
But LSA senior Jeff Danzig dis-
"I think having school off honors
him. We need something to com-
memorate Martin Luther King,"
Danzig said.
Other students said the way in
which people spend the day deter-
mines whether or not it is
"I think the exploitation factor re-
lates back to what you do that day,"
Pickus said. However Pickus added
he does not think the day will spur
change because it may desensitize
people to issues of social inequality.
Paige agreed.
"It doesn't bring any special
recognition to Black people, but to
Martin Luther King. This is not a
day that people think about all the
troubles in the world. It is a day in
recognition of a great man," Paige
said. "If people want to raise aware-
ness about social inequality they
should have a 'Poor Black People's
Day'," he added.
Yet in light of the array of work-
shops, symposiums, and lectures
broaching subjects about unity, jus-
tice, and tolerance, people involved
in the planning visualize the day as a
springboard for a future society.
"It can be used both to promote
social action and as an historical re-
membrance, but more towards social
action," Smith said. "We continue
talking about the dream, but when
are we going to make the dream a


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events celebrating the holiday have
been planned.
"It doesn't surprise me that we
don't have the holiday, knowing
MSU," said MSU senior Amy Mier.
"I know it makes a lot of people an-
gry, especially the Black Caucus."
MSU students and staff may re-
quest permission to miss class and
work to participate in holiday
events, which include a commemo-
rative convocation.
But MSU junior David Shruggs
added, "All students should be able
to go to the activities planned.
Classes shouldn't interfere with it."
The University of Chicago and
Northwestern University also require
students to attend classes. Both
universities will hold events com-
memorating the holiday, but students
are not excused from academic
Karen Lowe Graham, minority
issues coordinator at the University
of Chicago, said the school has
never designated MLK Day as an
academic holiday. "The administra-
tion just decided it would not be a
holiday. I don't know why," she
Administrators at Northwestern
cited the quarter system as a reason
to limit the number of holidays, in-
cluding MLK Day.

Across the country, increased
pressure from voters in Arizona re-
sulted in formal recognition of MLK
Day as an academic holiday this
The state of Arizona - the sub-
ject of much criticism for not offi-
cially recognizing the holiday - has
designated Monday as a statewide
holiday for the first time.
Robin Lemon, minority affairs
program coordinator at the Univer-
sity of Arizona (UA) said the holi-
day is long overdue. "The state of
Arizona has gotten a lot of press
about being an almost racist state
because of the holiday," she said.
Faculty and students at UA and
Arizona State University expressed
their approval of the new holiday.
"Everybody is excited and relieved,
in fact," Lemon said.
Celebrations will include a can-
dlelight service and jazz
Studying for finals - which be-
gin Tuesday at Harvard - may
lower student attendance at MLK
Day events, said first-year Harvard
student Rachel Skiffer.
Besides a student focus on finals,
Skiffer added that the administration
has been apathetic in promoting
MLK Day events.
"I know that the administration
probably did not give much thought
to planning the holiday. They
thought we were just happy to have
it at all," she said.


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lester to speak on a day that's sup-
posed to be in support of people who
have been molested as children,"
Goldstein said.
Executive Director of University
Relations Walter Harrison said a
University-designated committee in-
vited Muhammad, but he noted he is
not in favor of Muhammad's speak-
ing engagement.
"I think all of us think that he's
not the person that any of us would
have chosen to put in a program in

the spirit of Dr. King, but the com-
mittee invited him and he has the
right to speak," Harrison said.
MLK Day Coordinator Jamal
Young said the issue was not neces-
sarily about Khallid Muhammad, but
his organization. Young said the
Nation of Islam was instrumental in
organizing the Black community in
the United States and therefore
should be remembered on MLK
"His organization has done more
for Black people than most organi-
zations that have been around in this
country," Young said.

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