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January 18, 2000 - Image 7

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A4uthor revives
MLK's lmegacy


The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, January 18, 2000 -°7A

By Shomari Terrelonge-Stone
A;y Staff Reporter
The breath, boldness and bravery
of Martin Luther King Jr. was
embodied by author Earl Ofari
Hutchinson as he spoke to a captivat-
ed audience of students, faculty and
community leaders in the Michigan
Union Ballroom yesterday about
King's legacy and the future of ethnic
relations in the 21st Century.
"What is the universal thing that
has been deeply implanted in the
*nds of far too many in America
about the day we honor Dr. King?"
AItchinson asked the audience.
'There are far too many people out
there that think that the Dr. Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s holiday is
just a day for black people."
Hutchinson challenged this
assumption when he said, "King was
not just a black leader. King was not
t a civil rights leader. Everybody
ing and breathing on this planet
and generations to come have bene-
fited from him.
"The movement and the leadership
that generated the (civil rights) move-
ment has ancient roots in America and
that had a sweeping global impact," he
Hutchinson, a nationally syndicat-
ed columnist and author, has written
extensively on African American
ial issues in "The Assassination of
Black Male Image" and in
''Beyond O.J.: Race, Sex and Class
Lessons for America."
Hutchinson spoke about how King
! t only helped blacks but also helped
liberate the world through his leader-
stip and courage in the Civil Rights

"Why do you think Nelson Mandela
always took his hat off to Dr. King?
Why do you think he did that? Why do
you think liberation priests in Latin
America always said they were inspired
by the Civil Rights Movement? Student
demonstrators in Europe and all over
the world are inspired by the Civil
Rights Movement."
Hutchinson also said King "democ-
ratized an America that was withering
on the vine at that time" in history and
added how "King changed the whole
function, structure and basis of law, pol-
itics and religion"
Many audience members said they
found Hutchinson's speech uplifting.
"He was very informative with the
facts and how he drew them from the
past to today," LSA junior Kris
Barnes said.
LSA senior John Spearman said
he was glad people were not forget-
ting the message and vision King
embodied. "Martin Luther King's
ideas and movement were a univer-
sal thing," he said.
Hutchinson also spoke about the
future of ethnic relations in the 21st
Century. "At one time, race was
defined as black and white,"
Hutchinson said. Today "race rela-
tions is much more complex and dif-
ficult to get a handle on. We now
have class divisions."
Hutchinson said he remains opti-
mistic despite the class divisions and
racism that he said still exists in society.
"This is not doom and gloom. Change
can be made by the people in this room.
Dreams don't mean anything unless
you act on it."

Continued from Page 1A
"It stung like a bee; it made my
stomach turn," she said.
Simpson also spoke of her experi-
ences at the University during the
1960s. Simpson said during her
time at the University she encoun-
tered racism and sexism, including
advisers who discouraged her from
pursuing a career in journalism, and
recalled that she was told, "black
people and women do not go into
But Simpson said the incidents pre-
pared her for what was to come.
Simpson recalled King's strong,
powerful determined words and
said that his work needs to be fin-
"We cannot forget what Dr. King
did for us," she said.
Simpson also said she thought
King would be disappointed than
more hadn't been accomplished

today in the way of civil rights and
Simpson ended her speech by pre-
senting a $5,000 donation to the
African American Alumni Council for
the MLK scholarship fund. The schol-
arship gives nearly 30 scholarships of
SI,500 each year.
Executive Director of the Michigan
Alumni Association Steve Grafton
said Simpson's donation came as a
great surprise.
"This is not the first time Carole has
supported the Martin Luther King Jr.
fund," Grafton said. Simpson is a
member of the Alumni Association
Board of Directors.
University alum Seema Kella, a
Business graduate, said she attended
the lecture because she is considering
a career in journalism.
Simpson "has been so great for the
African American community" Kella
said. "As an Indian American, I want-
ed to see how she had gotten where
she was today."


, r

ABC News senior correspondent and "World News Sunday" anchor Carole Simpson
speaks in the School of Business Administration Wale Auditorium yesterday.



Prof. addresses minority health care

By Shabnam Daneshvar
Daily Staff Reporter
With tears in her eyes, Elizabeth Allen recalled the
horrific day in the 1950s when at the age of 14 she wit-
nessed the mass hosing of 100 barely-clothed black
women by hospital workers at a West Virginia hospital.
Questioning the manner of washing the patients,
Allen said she was told by hospital workers, "How
else would you bathe them?"
Now, as an associate professor in the School of
Nursing, Allen labels that day as her "calling" into the
health care profession and her raising her voice
against minority injustices.
To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, University
community members gathered at Mott Children's
Hospital yesterday to hear Allen remind the audience
that "the health of a nation is embodied in the health
of its people.
"The Emancipation Proclamation tells us that all
men are created equal and that equality means we all

have equal access to the highest quality of care," she
A Vietnam veteran and nurse herself, Allen recalled
the moment she was told of King's death while on a
military rest and recreation site.
"I thought to myself, 'Here I am fighting for
democracy and at home, they killed our leader,"' she
Allen further stressed the importance of remember-
ing the "three A's" of improvement in health care: avail-
ability, accessibility and appropriateness of treatment.
Giving care to patients at inconvenient times who
might live far away is not good enough, Allen said.
"There is a sense of arrogance within the University
of Michigan ... that includes the attitude 'If it's good
enough for us, it's good enough for them.' We must
pay attention to who is not present at the table," she
Public Health second-year student April Zeoli said
attending Allen's speech is fundamental to "asking

questions of ourselves and seeing how you react to
diversity issues"
Several University officials also embraced Allen's
"You really hear her when she talks," said School of
Nursing Dean Ada Sue Hinshaw. "Her messages are
so simple and yet so powerful."
Medical School Dean Allen Lichter referred to the
message as "a call to action for all of us in the health;
system to recognize that we take care of not only indi-
viduals, but other segments of society and different
segments have different medical needs."
The medical community of the University has"
already begun a "much more in depth approach" to
health care which involves cultural education an'
awareness, recruiting of the "finest students and
faculty from a broad array of backgrounds and an
increased effort to allow patients from diverse cul-
tures to participate in clinical research," Lichter

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By Stephanie Offen
Daily Sports Writer
"How far we have come."
Yesterday, the entire Michigan ath-
letic community gathered at Cliff
Keen Arena in remembrance of
Martin Luther King Jr. and to cele-
brate the theme of "How far we have
come" in the struggle for diversity
and acceptance.
The symposium was organized by a
subcommittee of the Student Athlete
Advisory Council, which is composed
solely of student athletes. The athletes
began their presentation with a view-
ing of King's speech and continued
with a Powerpoint presentation that
featured the infamous and deragato-
ry John Rocker statement published
in Sports Illustrated. The presenta-
tion continued to emphasize the need
for acceptance with skits highlight-
ing certain stereotypes of minority
SAAC adviser April Bayles said
that the goal of the presentation was
to tackle an issue that concerns the
athletic community.
She added that each varsity team
chooses one representative to be
involved with SAAC and to address
the issues of the University's athletic
A video highlighted the athlete's
concerns about the issues being
addressed. In the video a select
group of athletes participated in a
round table discussion about the
problems they saw with discrimina-
tion in the athletic community and
how they felt minorities were viewed
among their peers.

,"More than any ,
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campus, they are -'
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- Tom Goss.
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"More then any other group on
campus, (the athletic community)
are a family," Athletic Director Tomr
Goss said. "They come to this func-
tion to get an understanding of how
personal preference and diversity
need to be respected. We need to
think before we do, we need to learn
to respect everyone."
Goss added that most coaches
emphasized attendance at the sym-
posium, and cancelled practice so
that the athletes could attend. Except
for the women's basketball team,
which defeated Illinois yesterday, no
other team competed on the holiday.
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playing of John Lennon's song,
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to think about what had been pre-
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