LSU's MLK celebration events to include speech by civil rights
activist Angela Davis
January 16, 2009
BATON ROUGE -- LSU will help remember Martin Luther King Jr. with the
2009 commemorative celebration "Standing Boldly: An Urgent Call for
Collective Responsibility," beginning on Monday, Jan. 19, and ending
on Thursday, Jan. 29.
The events of the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration
will kick off on Monday, Jan. 19, when members of the university
community participate in a "Day of Service" to help revitalize
several areas near campus and in the Old South Baton Rouge community.
LSU students, student organizations, faculty, staff and
administrators will partner with LSU Community University Partnership
to aid the local community and promote volunteerism, one of King's
Beginning at 8 a.m. at the Student Union Atchafalaya Room, the "Day
of Service" will include helping with capital improvement projects at
Polk Elementary, Buchanan Elementary and at the Baton Rouge Battered
Women's Shelter. Participants will be afforded a hands-on opportunity
to better their surrounding community while helping to celebrate and
commemorate King's legacy of service.
On Friday, Jan. 23, esteemed scholar and civil rights activist Angela
Davis will be the keynote speaker at the MLK Commemorative
Celebration, which brings together LSU and the Greater Baton Rouge
Community in celebration of the life and works of King. The
celebration will take place beginning at 2 p.m. in the Lod Cook Alumni Center.
Davis, the author of eight books, has spent the past 15 years as a
professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She has
lectured throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Africa,
Asia, Australia and South America.
In recent years, she has focused her work on the range of social
problems associated with incarceration and the generalized
criminalization of those communities that are most affected by
poverty and racial discrimination.
Just the third woman ever placed on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted List,"
she spent 18 months in the Women's Detention Center in New York City
during the early 1970s before being acquitted of all charges against her.
In addition to Davis' address, the program will include a performance
by the MLK Dance Ensemble. A reception will be held immediately after
the program, allowing the entire community the opportunity to engage
The MLK Performing Arts Night will be held on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 6
p.m., in the LSU School of Music Recital Hall. King's impending
legacy has long been associated with his means of creative expression
as an orator, a Reverend and a civil rights activist. The MLK
Performing Arts Night will allow students, faculty and staff to
recreate the character of King through poetry, dance and musical expression.
During the course of the evening, members of the LSU and Baton Rouge
communities will be allowed to showcase their singing, dancing and
lyrical talents. MLK Performing Arts Night has quickly become one of
the most anticipated events of the MLK Celebration. Participants are
encouraged to bring works that will celebrate the life and legacy of King.
The 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration is
coordinated by the LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Martin
Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee. The committee advisors
include Chaunda Allen, director of the LSU Office of Multicultural
Affairs; Cerise Edmonds, coordinator of Cross-Cultural Affairs in the
LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs; Cassandra M. Jackson,
con-current/summer provisional coordinator in the LSU Office of
Undergraduate Admissions; and Clovier Torry, a director in the LSU
For more information, contact the LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs
at (225) 578-4338, or visit www.lsu.edu/oma.
Social activist Davis coming to UNH
January 16, 2009
Angela Davis, an internationally known icon of the radical political
activism of the late 1960's and early '70s who served jail time and
appeared on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List, is coming to the
University of New Hampshire later this month to take part in UNH's
19th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebratory Events series.
Davis, who today wears a considerably tamer version of her trademark
Afro hair style, will deliver the event's commemorative address,
"Education or Incarceration: The Future of Democracy" from 7-8:30
p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, at the PCAC Johnson Theatre.
According to www.unh.edu, Davis is expected to voice her concerns
about the United States prison system and what she calls the
government's general tendency to devote more resources and attention
to the prison system rather than to educational institutions and the
disproportionate incarceration of minorities.
Currently a University of California-Berkeley professor and author,
Davis' most recent books are "Abolition Democracy" and "Are Prisons
Obsolete?" She is now completing a book on "Prisons and American History."
For more details and information on attending the series events, go
Angela Davis to attend celebration
DURHAM The University of New Hampshire's 19th annual Martin Luther
King Jr. celebration Jan. 22Feb. 5 will highlight King's struggle to
create a community where social, political and economic justice are
more the norm than the exception.
This year's celebration, "One in 100: Dismantling a Prison Nation,"
is based on the steady growth of the United States prison system, a
system that has more than one in every 100 adults behind bars.
In New Hampshire alone, there were two death penalty cases in 2008,
and one of those defendants is on death row.
UC Berkeley professor and internationally known civil rights activist
Angela Davis will deliver the keynote address.
Davis, an icon of the radical political activism of the late 1960s
and early '70s, will express her concerns about our government's
general tendency to devote more resources and attention to the prison
system rather than to educational institutions.
Davis will discuss the sobering facts about the proliferation of
prisons and the disproportionate incarceration of minorities.
She also has conducted extensive research on numerous issues related
to race, gender and imprisonment. Her most recent books are
"Abolition Democracy" and "Are Prisons Obsolete?" She is now
completing a book on "Prisons and American History."
Davis will deliver her keynote address, "Education or Incarceration:
The Future of Democracy," at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, at the
Johnson Theatre at UNH's Paul Creative Arts Center.
The event also will feature a musical performance produced by Sandi
Clarke featuring UNH professor Dennis Britton, New Hampshire
vocalists Olga Tynes, Khristie Dyson and Denise Richardson. UNH
Professor Reginald A. Wilburn also will perform.
A reception and book signing with Davis will follow the presentation.
At 12:30 p.m. that same day, Laura Knoy, host of NHPR's "The
Exchange," will host a conversation with Davis in the Strafford Room
of UNH's Memorial Union Building.