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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, January 21, 2003 - 3A


Speaker urges students to
take initiative for change

Negev professor
to present on
Cultural Critique
Shachar Pinsker, a professor of
Modern Hebrew at Ben-Gurion Uni-
versity in the Negev will present a talk
on "Intertextuality, Cultural Critique
and the Making of Hebrew Mod-
ernism" Thursday in the Frieze Build-
ing at 4 p.m.
California Prof to
host reading of
Japanese book
The University Center for Japan-
ese Studies is hosting Daniel
O'Neill who will be reading Sose-
ki's "Shumi No Iden" Thursday in
the International Institute building
at noon. O'Neill is a professor of
East Asian languages and Cultures
at the University of California,
Classic book to be
discussed as part
of MLK events
Patricia Coleman-Burns, director
of the Office of Multicultural
Affairs in the School of Nursing,
will be leading an informal discus-
sion of the classic, "To Kill a
Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. There
will be a dialogue on the book's les-
sons about society and human
nature today in the School of Nurs-
ing building at noon.
Multicultural fair
held tomorrow
For students looking for careers
after college, a multicultural career
fair will be held tomorrow in the
Michigan Union Ballroom at noon.
The fair is sponsored by The Career
Center and the Borders Group.
Lecture on diversity
in the classroom
Sylvia Hurtado, chair of the
School of Education's Center for
Higher and Post-Secondary Educa-
tion, will be discussing how diversity
affects classroom and student devel-
opment tomorrow in the Industrial
and Operations Engineering Building
on North Campus at noon.
Author to examine
future of economy,
community balance
A panel will examine the trade-off
between commercial and community
development in a discussion called, "Can
we find a balance?: Challenges in Find-
ing Equilibrium Between Community
and Economic Development" tomorrow
in the Art and Architecture lecture Hall
at 5:30 p.m. The panel will feature Prof.
June Manning Thomas, author of many
books including, "Detroit: Race and
Uneven Development." A subsequent
discussion will address the future of our
urban areas.
Native American
author will address
The Native American Student Asso-
ciation is sponsoring Oklahoma Creek-
Cherokee Craig Womack to give a
lecture titled, "Continuing Homopho-
bia in Native Literature: Lynn Riggs, A
Case Study" tomorrow in the Michigan
Union at 6 p.m. Womack is the author
of "Red on Red" and novel "Drowning
in Fire."

Domestic violence
to be discussed in
East Hall tomorrow
A half-day event, "Multicultural
Issues in Domestic Violence: Clinical
Implications," will discuss multicul-
tural perspectives on domestic vio-
lence and give attention to the
implications of clinical intervention
tomorrow in East Hall at 8:30 a.m.
Lecture will feature
diversity of the
engineering field
A program to discuss how to remedy
the difficult national phenomenon of
the few women and underrepresented
minorities choosing an education in
engineering will be held Thursday in
the Lurie Engineering Center at noon.
The "5th Annual MLK Lucheon and
Discussion Series: Attracting and
Retaining a Diverse Engineering Facul-
ty" will address the issues surrounding
this problem.
A .e~kI'mns li ic ..

By Nida Dada
and Daniel Kim
For the Daily

Grace Lee Boggs - an 87-year-old Chi-
nese-American social activist who has devot-
ed over a half century of her life to the
revitalization of Detroit - addressed more
than 1,100 people at Rackham Auditorium
yesterday as the keynote speaker for the 16th
annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium.
Echoing the theme of this year's sympo-
sium, Boggs challenged students to "be the
change that you want to see."
"Become part of new movements
because this is your opportunity to be a pio-
neer," Boggs said in an interview with The
Michigan Daily after the speech.
Some students said that Boggs's message
of social change and philosophy was in line
with that of King and other advocates for
social change.
"I learned that, as students, you have
to be the one who initiates changes
instead of expecting things to change by
themselves. If you don't do this, this
world will just be stagnant," LSA junior
Venkat Polavarapu said. "You can look
back at Ghandi and MLK and other
social activists including Grace Lee
Boggs, and this is the philosophy that
they held."

Boggs, who has a doctorate in philoso-
phy, said she became involved with social
activism after her own encounter with
racism in finding a job as a university pro-
fessor. She said that she had been told
repeatedly, "We don't hire Orientals."
"When I found the power of (the)
African-American community, I decided to
join,' said Boggs, whose late husband was a
black labor activist in Detroit.
Since coming to Detroit in the 1950s, she
said her work has focused on labor and civil
rights, gender equality and African-Ameri-
can and Asian-American rights.
"Her ideas are more timely than ever,"
said American culture Prof. Scott Kurashige
in his introduction of Boggs. Boggs com-
menced her address by referring to the Uni-
versity's pending cases concerning race in-
"The University has been courageous in
maintaining race among all other factors in
admissions," Boggs said."I passionately
believe in the power of ideas," adding that it
is important to combine physical activism
with the theories and ideas of urban trans-
formation. This was the concept underlying
The Boggs Center, which she founded in
1995, as both a community center and a
think tank.
"I am saddened by (the city's) short-
sightedness," Boggs said, referring to the

recent building of more casinos and sports
stadiums. Boggs said that a "post-industri-
al" city such as Detroit must focus not
only upon economic and technological
developments, but also on "human and
community developments."
"What we need to do now is to engage
... our children," Boggs said. She added that
an essential way to revitalize Detroit is to
involve its youth and students in community
projects like Detroit Summer.
Detroit Summer encourages local
youth to transform vacant lots into parks
and gardens and to paint murals over
graffitied walls. The goal is for the "com-
munity gardening programs to reconnect
city youth with the earth and the mural
painting program to connect youth with
the city space," Boggs said.
The Chinatown Workgroup is another
initiative by The Boggs Center that tries
to increase cultural diversity in Detroit,
Boggs said. By encouraging Asian-Amer-
ican youth and college students to be part
of the revitalization of the city, Boggs
said she wishes to create cultural diversi-
ty that is "more than just black and
"We are building on the legacy of Gand-
hi and King," Boggs said about her center.{
"I hope you will respond to what we are;
doing in Detroit."

Grace Lee Boggs speaks to more than 1,000 people in Rackham
auditorium yesterday. Boggs has fought for social justice and equality
in Detroit for 50 years.

Scholars relate King's dream to present day

By Soojung Chang
Daily Staff Reporter

While the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. is
often thought of only in terms of the civil rights
movement, a panel at the Law School attempted
yesterday to expand the discussion of King's
teachings to other ethnicities, as well as to issues
of class and gender.
The panel, titled "A Dream Deferred: The
Intersection of Race, Class and Gender in Amer-
ican Society," consisted of Law Prof. Deborah
Malamud, University of Iowa College of Law
Prof. Adrien Wing, and Howard University
School of Law Prof. Frank Wu - noted
researchers and scholars in their field.
Malamud opened the panel with an

overview of the Bush administration's policy
on the University's use of race in admissions,
saying the policy is factually inconsistent, as
well as legally problematic. She was espe-
cially critical of Texas's "Ten Percent Plan"
which guarantees admission to a state college
to all high school students in the state who
graduate in the top 10 percent of their gradu-
ating class.
"None of the schools have caught up with the
proportion of minorities when they were using
race-conscious admissions," Malamud said.
Malamud said proposed percentage plans are
flawed because they fail to look at individual
applicants holistically and admit people based
only on the single criterion of their high school

Wing spoke about the status of women of
color under the law and ways in which the law
ignores gender and race. She focused on the cur-
rent societal status of black women who "are
already the bulk of the population of black
She also noted that black women were not
often given credit during the civil rights move-
ment. "There are so many faceless and nameless
women who were in the civil rights struggle,"
she said.
While Wing mainly discussed the role of gen-
der in achieving social equality, Wu spoke about
extending the discussion of race to include other
groups besides whites and blacks, such as Lati-
nos, Asian Americans and the racially mixed.
"How can we understand race in terms that

are all inclusive?" he posed to the audience, not-
ing that although the American population has
always included many ethnic groups, some have
often been excluded in discussions of race.
Wu addressed some of the complexities of the
race debate, such as tensions within minority
groups. "The challenge for all of us is to ask,
'What will we do as individuals and institu-
tions?"' Wu said about the effort toward greater
racial equality.
Rackham student Mary Ziskin said she thinks
Malamud would have talked more about class if
she had not commented on the litigation of the
University instead.
"Professor Malamud's comments on the affir-
mative action cases were really astute and well-
timed," Ziskin said.

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By Sara Eber
and Carmen Johnson
Daily Staff Reporters

Last Weekend's cold weather did not stop an estimat-
ed 1,200 people from drumming and marching through
Ann Arbor holding signs bearing such slogans as, "No
blood for oil."
Residents held their own rally on the steps of the
Federal Building to support and show solidarity for the
anti-war protests in Washington and San Francisco.
Along with other anti-war rallies held across the country
during Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, rally organizer and
University alum Phil Carroll said the rallies had a relevant
interconnection because it was MLK weekend.
"The real purpose is to stop the war before it starts,"
Carroll added. Carroll also said Saturday's rally was the
largest rally in Ann Arbor since the Vietnam era.
The rally attracted participants of various age groups,
including many families with young children. Ann Arbor
residents expressed their enthusiasm for the cause, even
dressing small dogs in anti-war apparel.
Carroll listed the many different reasons why Ann
Arbor residents had anti-war sentiments.

"Some are anti-war because of moral reasons con-
scious reasons. Some consider themselves humanitarians,
and are concerned about the pending death and poverty,"
Carroll said.
Student speaker Max Sussman, a member of Anti-War
Action! addressed the crowd and stressed the importance
of not only considering the effects of the U.S. govern-
ment's actions abroad, but also on U.S. domestic policies,
such as those regarding civil liberties, oppression and the
reduction of social services.
"(It is important to remember that) there are hun-
dreds of thousands of people across the country who
are rallying against the war, and have power," Sussman
Kathy Linderman, member of the Ann Arbor Area
Committee for Peace, was pleasantly surprised by the
high turnout. This course of action with Iraq has made
more mainstream Americans anti-war, Linderman said.
Numerous organizations, such as the Ann Arbor Area
Committee for Peace, Ann Arbor Coalition Against the War,
People's Progressive Network, Solidarity, Street Wall Jour-
nal, Wooden Spoon Co-op and Women's International
League for Peace and Freedom came together to protest the
war and listen to speeches.

And Anti-war activists march in downtown Ann Arbor Saturday protesting President
Bush's aggressive foreign policy attitude toward Iraq.

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Roy WCowden Memorial Fellowship



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