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that my four children will one day live in a nation
where they will be judged not by the color of their skin
but by the content of their character"

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- Martin Luther King Jr. on the steps of the
Lincoln Memorial, Aug. 28, 1963
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Monday is not the only day events related to Martin Luther
King Jr. Day occur. Here is a listing of some of the events that
are part of the University-sponsored symposium.
FdyJan 12
Women of Color in the University and the Community It Serves
Conference sponsored in part by the Women's Studies Program
Speaker: City College, City University of New York President
Yolanda Moses
Where: Rackham Building, fourth floor
When: 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Moses will speak from 4 - 6 p.m.)
MLK: Beyond The Dream
A performance of Martin Luther King's famous Of Have a Dream"
speech, with a lecture to follow.
Sponsored by the 1996 MLK Symposium Planning Committee and
the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic and Multicultural Affais
Where: Mendelssohn Theatre, Michigan League.
When: Friday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m.- noon
What Happens To A Dream Deferred?
The Role of Psychologists In Revisiting &
Revitalizing Dr. King's Dream
Sponsored by the Department of Psychology and
the Black Student Psychological Association
Where: Michigan Union
When: 4 - 6 p.m.

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reflect on
leader's

The Boys Choir of Harem
Where: Hill Auditorium. Tickets ranging from $10-$24 may be
bought at the Union Ticket Office
When: 7 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 16
Writers/Performers Forum: Rage, Atonement and Reconciliation
Various students will be reading and performing original work
Where: Kuenzel Room, Michigan Union
When: 8:30 - 10 a.m.
MLK Memorial Lecture
Former U.S. Surgeon General M. Jocelyn Elders
Where: Hill Auditorium
When: 10:30 a.m.
MLK Unity March
Sponsored by the Black Student Union
Where: The march will begin on South University Ave. between
Forest and Washtenaw
When: noon.

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ty Kate Gllckman and Katie Wang
aily Staff Reporters
'Forty years ago this month, the proud and
angry African American citizens of Mont-
gomery, Ala., were in the second month of
what would become a yearlong boycott of
the city's bus system.
0e legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.,
one of the leaders of the boycott, was for-
mally recognized in 1986 as a federal holi-
day. Since then, there have been struggles
at the University to create a day of events
that pleases people of all political ideolo-
gies.
Monday, a daylong symposium of panel
discussions, performances and lectures for
students and faculty to attend instead of
classes.
1994, the Black Student Union boy-
ed University-sponsored activities be-
cause the forum was not "grounded in ac-
'fivism or focusing on nationalist issues of
s'elf-determination and empowerment rel-
kant to (recognized minorities),".said then-
BSU Speaker Alethea Gordon.
Now, twoyears later, students give mixed
reviews about the holiday and how well
they feel University activities reflect the
needs ofthe African American community.
feel this year the students that sat on
committee were very vocal about the
activities that were planned,' said BSU
Speaker Sherise Steele."The programs this
year are a direct reflection of that."
About a dozen of this year's events have
some activist theme in them, but some
students still wonder about other facets of
the symposium.
"I'm tired of politically correct activi-
ties," said LSA senior Crystal Lander. "I
want to see something more substantial -
I9n't want repetition."
However, Lester Monts, vice provost
of multicultural affairs, said that to high-
t a small contingency of people who
enot satisfied undermines the full year
hard work toward planning the daylong
Vent.
The University's MLK Day program is
the "finest of any University nationwide,"
Monts said.
SA senior Malina Tolbert said that the
versity has been "getting more in touch
with the community and what Martin Luther
ing is all about."
Politial Science Prof. Hanes Walton Jr.
cited the bureaucratic nature of the Univer-
sity as a possible explanation for student
frustrations.
Walton, who wrote a book about King's
philosophy and activism, wholeheartedly
4pplauded the University for bringing in
former U.S. Surgeon General M. Joycelyn
jers to deliver a lecture at Hill Audito-
rum on Monday.
"(The University) is making a good at-
tempt. At least they bring people in," said
Days histo
wit campi
y Kate Glickman and Katie Wang
,Jady Staff Reporters
To commemorate the birth of Martin
Luther King Jr., the University is cancel-
ling classes Monday-the only time classes

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily
Last year's Unity March drew more than 500 people to South University Avenue for one of the main events on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

46I think the effort
isto please, but not
to upset anyone
else at the same
time,, so it takes
away from the whole
effort"'
- Dedan Jackson
member of the campus chapter
of the NAACP
Tasha Mixon, an LSA junior.
Last year, Eastern Michigan University
did not cancel classes, but did sponsor some
events commemorating King. This year,
the Ypsilanti school is cancelling classes.
Some students said the University's ac-
tivities could be more upfront about King's
activist nature.
LSA junior Dedan Jackson said the MLK
Day activities have been watered down too
much.
"I think the effort is to please, but not to
upset anyone else at the same time, so it
takes away from the whole effort," he said.
Jackson proposed that the University
show actual footage ofthe civil rightsmove-
ment.
Some students said the University still is
not involvingenough student organizations
in planning the day's activities.
Jackson, who is also the assistant secre-
tary for the campus chapter of the National
Association for the Advancement of Col-
ored People, said that he hadn't heard much
about getting involved with coordinating
and planning activities.
"I think they need more student input,"
he said.
uas actilvismi
tion Against Racism created a blockade in
front of the entrances to Angell, Mason and.
Haven halls.
"Racists use the back door," protesters
yelled as a struggle developed between

Race, Jobs, and the City
A Research Symposium
Speakers include: Institute for Social Research Director David L.
Featherman, along with various professors from the University and*
from around the nation
Where: Room 6050, Institute for Social Research
When: 1:30 - 5 p.m.
Former Black Panther Bobby Seale lectures
Sponsored by University Libraries
Where: Michigan Union Ballroom
When: 1:30 p.m.
A Conversation with Myself about Race, Information, and Society
History and Afroamerican and African studies Prof. Earl Lewis will
deliver the lecture
Where: William L. Clements Library
When: 2 p.m.
The English Only Movement
Who: Sue Dicker from CUNY leads a discussion on the movement to
make English the official language of the U.S.
Where: Frieze Building, Room 3050
When: 2 - 4 p.m.
Affirmation Through Action
Students who have won an essay contest sponsored by the Alumni
Association will read their essays
Where: Alumni Center
When: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
The Million Man March: Where Do We Go from Here?
Panel includes: Lawrence A. Coleman, coordinator of Christians and
Muslims for the Million Man March; Black Undergraduate Law
Association President Michael Franklin; Nation of Islam
representative Minister Dawud Muhammad; State of Maryland
NAACP President Hanley Norment; political science Prof. Hanes
Walton Jr.; Ann Arbor NAACP President Harry Williams
Where: Modern Language Building, Auditorium 3
When: 3 - 5p.m.
Affirmative Action in Higher Education
Panel includes: University of California Affirmative Action Director
Trevor Chandler; Dennis Hayashi, from the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services; Education Prof. Michael Nettles
Where: Modern Language Building, Auditorium 4
When: 3 - 5 p.m.
What Dr. King Taught Me as a High School Dropout
Who: 1992 National Teacher of the Year and Eastern Michigan
University administrator Thomas Fleming
Where: Hill Auditorium
When: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Americans of Color Abroadl
Speakers include: Peace Corps campus coordinator Joseph Dorse;
International Center peer adviser Rosetta Mitchell; other student
speakers
Where: Room 9, International Center
When: 5 - 6 p.m.
An Evening with Yolanda Adams
Where: Power Center, tickets are free
When: 5 p.m.
MLK Presentation
Who: Former Detroit Chapter NAACP President Arthur Johnson
Where: Hale Auditorium, Business School
When: 10 a.m. - noon
Science, Discourse and Power
Speakers include: psychology Prof. James S. Jackson; history Prof.
Regina Morantz-Sandez; associate Prof. Joel Howell
Where: Rackham Amphitheater
When: 7 - 9 p.m.

More than 400
people came to
hear last year's
keynote speaker
Ben Hooks, the
former executive
director of the
NAACP.
MARK FREDMAN/Daily

Michael Jones Coleman, coordinator of
Martin Luther King activities, said this
year's program had more students involved
than the previous three years that he has
worked on the project.
Coleman also noted that the discontent
with the programs "contradicts the extreme
commitment from students on the planning
committee and staff."
Monts also warned against focusing on
discontent.
"The cast of participants" (for MLK Day)
are here to give perspectives toward "a
sense of community" and "good-will,"
Monts said.

"We are still recovering from the boy-
cott, but there's a lot more we could be
doing as far as activism is concerned,"
Steele said. "We can always try harder."
Walton said he would like to bring in
Katie Hall, the U.S. Rep. from Indiana who
pushed for the MLK Day holiday.
Also excited about Monday's line up is
David L. Featherman, director of the Insti-
tute for Social Research.
He noted.the variety of events "from arts
to performances and marches" and com-
mended the committee for the "broad array
of different venues offered" by the Univer-
sity.

... A Multimedia Tour of Michigan's Underground Railroad
Fin~ Who: Ann Arbor Public Schools Teacher Consultant Mary Lynn.
Thomson
Where: McCormick Conference Room, Transportation Research
Institute
When:3:30 p.m.
Presentation: 1996 Martin Luther King Jr. Research Symposium:
Community-Based Research
South African Architect Jo Noero and students in the
Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program
Where: Rackham Auditorium
When: 6:30 -8 p.m.

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