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Ithaca College Holds Week of Events to Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

ITHACA, NY — The life, legacy and continuing relevance of Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored by Ithaca College with a series of activities taking place January 24–29. The MLK Week 2011 events, which are free and open to the public, will include a presentation by Civil Rights pioneer Dorothy Cotton, concert, panel discussion on faith and social justice, educational workshops and performance by a trio of young poets. The week will culminate in a Day of Service as students perform volunteer activities in the community.

The theme of MLK Week 2011 is “Addressing the Fierce Urgency of Now,” derived from King’s April 1964 speech about the Vietnam War delivered at Riverside Church in New York City. King urged his listeners to take advantage of the present, noting that time will always keep going so to make change happen they should act now.

The complete schedule is at /diversity/mlkcelebration/. For more information, contact John Rawlins, assistant director of the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs, at 607-274-3222 or

Monday, January 24
Kick-off Event
4–6 p.m., Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall

Presentations by Ithaca College president Tom Rochon, the first-year MLK Scholars and Civil Rights pioneer Dorothy Cotton. A former education director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Cotton worked closely with King on several crucial initiatives and accompanied him to Oslo in 1964, where he received the Nobel Peace Prize. She has served as a valuable resource to organizations on diverse topics addressing race relations, spiritual growth, citizenship education and civic organizing for the 21st century.

MLK Celebration Concert
7:30 p.m., Ford Hall, Whalen Center

Performances by School of Music student ensembles, with special guest Dorothy Cotton.

Tuesday, January 25
Social Justice & Community Involvement Fair
11 a.m.–2 p.m., Clark and Klingenstein Lounges, Egbert Hall

Campus and community organizations with a focus on social justice will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and build interest in their cause.

“Bystander Behavior: Understanding the Phenomenon to Address the Fierce Urgency of Now”
Noon–1 p.m., Emerson Suite A, Phillips Hall

Workshop presented by Patrick Walsh, residence hall director for the H.O.M.E (Housing Offering a Multicultural Experience) Program.

“Responsibilities of an Indigenous Researcher”
Noon–1 p.m., Emerson Suite B, Phillips Hall

Workshop presented by Hollie Kulago, pre-doctoral fellow in Native American Studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences.

Wednesday, January 26
Faith & Social Justice Panel Discussion
7 p.m., Textor 102

Panelists will discuss the intersections of faith and justice in the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr.

Thursday, January 27
“A Right Delayed is a Right Denied: Addressing the Issue of Bullying in the Twenty-First Century”
Noon–1 p.m., Ithaca Falls Room, Phillips Hall

Workshop presented by the Ithaca College Diversity Peer Educators.

“Newest Urgencies”
Noon–1 p.m., Taughannock Falls Room, Phillips Hall

Workshop presented by Zillah Eisenstein, professor of politics.

Friday, January 28
Brave New Voices
7 p.m., Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall

Performance by Brave New Voices poets Simone Crew, Angel Nafis, and B. Yung. A project of Youth Speaks, a nonprofit organization that sponsors local and national youth poetry slams, festivals and reading series, Brave New Voices brings together hip-hop sensibility and immaculate writing to engage and electrify their audience.

Saturday, January 29
MLK Day of Service
9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Students will perform volunteer service activities throughout the local community, including such organizations as Beechtree Care Center, Level Green Institute and Books Through Bars.