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2A -The Michigan Daily -Tuesday, January 16, 2001


Biographer disputes memory of King

Continued from Page 1A
American mind as the "I Have a
Dream" man, delivering his famous
speech to a sea of listeners in front of
the Washington Monument. Today the
real King "is all but obscured," Dyson
The legacy most Americans cele-
brate is an incomplete one.
Dyson said King recognized that
"while race is important, class is
important as well."
"We're still seeing 'Dick and Jane'
run in second-hand schoolbooks"

Dyson said King would be amazed if
he saw society today, but he would
also be disappointed.
"Black faces in high places" do not
necessarily mean that the majority of
blacks' interests are represented,
Dyson said.
Black conservatives passively live
with the inequalities King fought to
eliminate, Dyson said.
He continued on to declare that to be
part of the struggle, people need to be
Major barriers must be toppled for
education to be accomplished, and the
barriers relate more to economic
inequalities King noticed than the
racial inequalities he is revered for,
fighting, Dyson said.

Michael Eric Dyson, author of several books, lectured on the "true"
Martin Luther King Jr. in Rackham Auditorium yesterday afternoon.


the suburbs are enjoying high-
Internet access and computers in
classroom, Dyson said.

Continued from Page1IA
Aronson, Rajan and Boyd were
part of about 200 students who par-
ticipated in "Acting on the Dream."
Participants divided between 22
volunteer sites located from Ann
Arbor to Detroit, and activities
ranged from sorting food for the
homeless to playing Bingo with the
elderly. Those who tore the house
down volunteered with Motor City
Blight Busters.
Project SERVE began the MLK Day

of Service six years ago after hearing a
speech from Coretta Scott King.
"She told us that if you want to
honor Dr. King, you need to be out
doing service," Project SERVE
director Anita Bohn said. "We call
this program 'Acting on the Dream'
because it fits with the work that
Dr. King wanted us to do." Bohn
opened the day of service by
encouraging participants to not
only work on King's dream, but
also their own dreams.
"The whole idea behind one day
service projects is to spark the
interest in community service," said

LSA senior Shelly Hundiwal, one
of the project coordinators. "This
gets the ball rolling because they
get to meet people and have fun
and do community service," she
"This has definitely inspired me to
do more service like this," said LSA
senior Pradeep Naga.
Other students had prior experience
with community service before partic-
ipating in "Acting on a Dream."
"My sorority always does communi-
ty service like this," said LSA junior
Natalie Stegall. "It's so rewarding see-
ing everyone work together."

Continued from Page IA
look like he came from the Mediterranean," leaving Monts
to portray Jesus.
Jesus' Caucasian depiction is one instance of a prevalent
problem in today's society, the tendency to overlook minori-
ties' contributions to society.
Minority children grow up without knowing that their
ancestors played vital roles in American development,
Olmos said.
After an informal poll revealed about 100 doctors,
hundreds more college graduates and even more stu-
dents were in attendance, Olmos challenged the crowd
to name one Asian-American who could be considered
an American hero. Less than a dozen hands went up.
'You need courage in this country to answer that ques-
tion'" Olmos said.
It isn't that minorities have played an insignificant role in
American history; it's that their accomplishments are not
Olmos said this is one reason why it is important that
Martin Luther King, Jr. is recognized as a national hero -
King gave minorities the right to publicly denounce these

Continued from Page IA
cern to a "honeymoon period" for
the drug, a time when people don't
realize the long-term consequences,
which include neurological disor-
ders, respiratory failure, anxiety and
liver damage. Johnston compared
this to the use of cocaine in the late
'70s and early '80s, when users did
not realize the serious side effects of
the drug until later in the decade.
Some students exercise foresight
when thinking about drug use.
"Students ultimately need to
make their own decisions, but they
have to look at the future," Engi-
neering student Chris Vermillion
said. "People need to ask them-
selves, 'Will I regret the decisions I
made,' before taking the drug."
march on
Continued from Page A
on the steps of the Harlan Hatcher
Graduate Library. BAMN member
Ebonie Byndon said although BAMN
has encountered problems with BSU
members in the past, BSU members
have never before charged into a
BAMN event. BSU members said they
feel BAMN is an outside force which
does not truly reflect the concerns of
the minority students of the University.
Monique Luse, an LSA sophomore
on the.BSU executive board, said BSU
respects that BAMN fights for affirma-
tive action, but they don't agree with
their tactics. "The organization is not
run by University students. BSU, on
the other hand, is led by the students.
BAMN does not have that same ele-
ment," Luse said. Throughout the rally,
sparks began to fly between BAMN and
BSU members in the crowd. "We would
work hand in hand with this organiza-
tion, but they won't let us," said BSU
historian D'Yal Mcallister.
Donna Stern, a paralegal for BAMN,
said the BSU and BAMN have different
ideas about the type of action to take for
progress in the area of affirmative
action. "They don't want mass militant
action. It takes people getting on the
streets to win. (BSU is) against mass
action which is how civil rights was
won in the first place," Stern said.
Following the rally a small scuffle
broke out between BAMN member and
LSA sophomore Agnes Aleobua and
Mcallister. Members of their respective
organizations quickly broke it up.
BAMN chose MLK Day to demand
equality and integration in education
on the streets. "Affirmative action is
our right," marchers chanted. The rally
also occurred one day before the Uni-
versity goes to trial to defend its Law
School admissions policy.
One student protested what the
activists rallied for. LSA freshman
Adam Dancy held up a sign which read
"King would hate affirmative action."
"MLK dreamed of a world where
children would be judged on the content
of their character, not their race," Dancy
said. "King would not like this."
He had earlier held up another sign
which read "affirmative action is racist"
that had been torn apart by marchers.
Dancy and his signs were met with a
barrage of snowballs and as the crowd
neared the Diag, one marcher mum-

bled, "you're lucky it's just snowballs."
The march and rally in memorium
of King were sponsored by Defend
Affirmative Action by Any Means
Necessary, Members of the Social
Welfare Action Alliance, Minority
Affairs Commission and Native Amer-
ican Student Association, as well as
students from Mackenzie Hiah School

Clinton dreams of 'One America'
WASHINGTON - President Clinton, who came of age during the height of
the nation's civil rights struggles in the 1960s, marked Martin Luther King Jr.'s
birthday underscoring his own dream that racial and ethnic divides in America
will someday disappear.
"Part of Martin Luther King's dream was that somehow we would learn to
'work together, pray together, struggle together, go to jail together, stand up fo
freedom together;" Clinton said, quoting the civil rights leader who was assassi
nated in 1968.
"If I could leave America with one wish as I depart office, it would be that we
become more the 'One America' that we know we ought to be."
Clinton marked the King holiday with a speech to about 900 people at the
University of the District of Columbia. President-elect Bush spoke at a Houston
elementary school where he promised blacks that he would "listen not only to
the successful, but also to the suffering."
Clinton likened efforts to unite the nation's diverse citizens to life itself.
"It's a journey, not a destination, and the main thing will always be whether
we're still taking the trip," he said.
Clinton also referred to a message he sent to Congress over the weekend tha
calls for improving the criminal justice system, restoring voting rights for peoplW
who complete their prison sentences and better educating American Indians.
Ashcroft condemns Senate Judiciary Committee begin-
ning today, also faces questions about
use of racial profiling other hot-button issues, including:
Judicial selections for the Supreme
WASHINGTON - With 10 of Court and other federal court seats;
President-elect Bush's 16 Cabinet his unyielding anti-abortion stance;
nominees facing senators this week, and his opposition to confirming a
Attorney General-designate John black Missouri judge, Ronnie White
Ashcroft spoke out yesterday against to the federal bench.
the practice of racial profiling by
police on the eve of his confirmation M otorola to shut
hearing that is expected to focus Illinois plant
sharply on his civil rights record. down Ip
"I certainly would like to find a way CHICAGO - Hoping to boost
to be absent that kind of practice," sagging profits, wireless giant
Ashcroft said. "It's wrong, inappropri- Motorola Inc. said yesterday that it
ate. It shouldn't be done." He said will close its only U.S. cellphone
Bush "is sensitive to this problem." factory and lay off about 2,500
Ashcroft and Gale Norton, as Inte- plant employees.
rior secretary, are meeting opposition The jobs being cut in Harvard
not seen since the 1991 Clarence Ill., represent nearly 2 percent of
Thomas hearings during the adminis- Motorola's work force of 130,000.
tration of Bush's father. About 2,500 employees will
Ashcroft, mostly silent while liberal remain at the factory 60 miles
groups have assailed his record, con- northwest of Chicago, working on
fronted one controversial issue - research, marketing and customer
racial profiling - in a conversation service.
with Bush officials in the presence of Cell-phone production will end by
reporters. June 30. The Harvard plant was
Ashcroft, who appears before the Motorola's costliest.
Palestinians propose group of settlers went on a rampage in
a nearby Palestinian village. Settlers
concessions to Israel burned a greenhouse, smashed car win-
dows and shot toward homes.
JERUSALEM - The Palestinian In the West Bank village of Kfar
Authority offered amnesty to suspect- Salem, a Palestinian man was shoS
ed collaborators with Israel yesterday, dead in a clash with Israeli troops. Ear-
saying it wanted to cut off the flow of lier in the day, shots were fired from
information that has enabled Israel to Kfar Salem at an Israeli convoy, injur-
track down and assassinate a number ing a-motorist.
of Palestinian gunmen and militia
leaders. El Salvado begins
Despite this shadowy war fought bySa ad"e n
the two sides, peace talks were to post-quake recovery
resume today, after a day's break
called by Israel over the killing of a SANTA TECLA, El Salvador -5
Jewish settler by Palestinians near his Relief efforts in the aftermath of
greenhouse in the Gaza Strip. Nego- Saturday's devastating earthquake
tiators held a preparatory meeting late entered a new phase yesterday, shift-
last night. ing from the chaos of hundreds of
In response to the slaying, Israeli hopeful friends and neighbors dig-
troops reimposed a tight blockade on ging for survivors to a grim, deliber-
the Gaza Strip, closing the Palestini- ate effort to find and bury as many
ans' international airport and border of the victims as possible.
crossings. Troops blocked major roads, Police set the official death toll at
cutting the strip into three parts. 594, with perhaps as many as 1,000
After 30-year-old Roni Tsalah's missing and presumed dead.
body was found Monday in an orange
grove near the Kfar Yam settlement, a - Conpiledfron Daily wire reports
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