MLK Celebration Week 2008: Remember, Celebrate, Act!

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Publication Date: 1/15/2008


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

The listing includes events for the campus community and invited guests as well as those events open to the public.

Saturday, 1/19
MLK Essay and Poetry Readings and Luncheon
Elementary and middle school students from Snowden, Cypress and Springdale will present their poems and essays. Winners will be chosen and invited to read their work at Tuesday night’s program. A luncheon for the contestants along with their parents and teachers will follow. The luncheon is by invitation only.
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
Location:  Blount Auditorium

Monday, 1/21
NCBI Workshop for Students, Faculty and Staff

NCBI is a prejudice-reduction workshop instituted at Rhodes in 2004 to help foster a more inclusive and welcoming campus community.  Faculty, staff and students who are interested in participating should contact Loretta Yarbrough at 843-3628 or yarbroughl@rhodes.edu to register in advance. Lunch will be provided at the workshop.
Time:  9:00am – 4:00pm
Location:  Orgill Room
 
King Day Museum Tours and Lunch
National Civil Rights Museum and Slavehaven Underground Railroad Museum
Time:  9:00am – 4:00pm (lunch included)
Location:  Buses will depart from University Street at 9:00am.  Student participants will receive tours of the National Civil Rights Museum and Slavehaven Underground Railroad Museum. Tours and lunch will be provided by The Big Diehl at no cost to students. Interested faculty and staff should contact Cynthia Polk-Johnson in advance.
 
Memphis Grizzlies King Day Game
Memphis Grizzlies will commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the death of King by presentation of the Sports Legacy Award.  The 2008 Sports Legacy Award Recipients are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bob Lanier.  This program will be nationally televised.  Students, faculty and staff may pick up $5 tickets in 229 Palmer or send an email to dosastud@rhodes.edu for more information.
Time:  4:30pm
Location:  FedEx Forum
 
Tuesday, 1/22
Film Viewing and Discussion for Students, Faculty and Staff: "Holiday"
“Greenville County, S.C. was one of the last places in America to recognize the Martin Luther King Holiday.  Set in the birthplace of Jesse Jackson and the home of Christian conservative powerhouse Bob Jones University, this film shows how Greenville citizens and civic leaders fought to heal the wounds of the past and move their community into a more inclusive identity. Come find out how a battle for a holiday became a fight for democracy that transformed a community.”
Time:  12:00pm
Location: Orgill Room
 
MLK Tribute
The program will include a video tribute created from oral histories in Rhodes′ Crossroads to Freedom digital archive, presentations made by Rhodes students, and presentations made by the winner of the Cypress Middle School essay contest as well as the winner of a poetry contest held jointly by Springdale and Snowden schools.
Time:  7:00pm
Location:  McCallum Ballroom
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
 

Wednesday, 1/23
Voter Registration Drive for Students, Faculty and Staff
With the 2008 presidential election fast approaching, you want to make sure that you are registered to vote.  Representatives will be available during lunch to help you register. 
Time:  11:30am – 1:00pm
Location:  Lynx Lair and Burrow Refectory
 
Thursday, 1/24
Crossroads to Freedom: Our Stories, Our Community
Rhodes staff members will tell their stories about growing up in Memphis at this lunchtime event. These stories will be facilitated by Rhodes students who are Crossroads to Freedom fellows. Crossroads is a Rhodes-sponsored digital archive of materials from the civil rights era in Memphis linked to community conversations about the impact of that era on Memphis today. R.S.V.P. to Cathy Palmer at palmerc@rhodes.edu.
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Orgill Room

Voter Registration Drive for Students, Faculty and Staff
With the 2008 presidential election fast approaching you want to make sure that you are registered to vote.  Representatives will be available during lunch to help you register. 
Time:  11:30am – 1:00pm
Location:  Lynx Lair and Burrow Refectory
 
Friday, 1/25
Shakespeare in Color:  A Symposium on Macbeth and African American Performances and Appropriations
The symposium is presented in conjunction with Hattiloo Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Opera Memphis’ production of Verdi’s Macbeth. It will draw together national scholars and  local performers as well as director and writer Aleta Chappelle, composer Wallace Cheatham and veteran Hollywood and Broadway actor Harry J. Lennix. Contact Scott Newstok at newstoks@rhodes.edu for more information.
Time:  8:30am- 6:30pm
Location:  Blount Auditorium
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 

For more information about MLK Week, contact Cynthia Polk-Johnson at 843-3529 or polk_johnson@rhodes.edu.