URI plans activities in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., Jan. 28-Feb. 1

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KINGSTON, R.I. — Jan. 14, 2008 — The University of Rhode Island has planned a series of events in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from Monday, Jan. 28 through Friday, Feb. 1.


While the official holiday is commemorated on the third Monday of January, the University’s celebration customarily takes place on the fourth Monday of the month to ensure maximum participation.


Numerous departments at the University have teamed up to produce and sponsor the following series of lectures, discussions, videos, musical performances and other activities:


All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information, please visit www.uri.edu/mcc or call the Multicultural Center at 401-874-5829.


Thursday, Jan. 24, noon – 1:30 & 1:30 – 3 p.m.

“Prayer in America” – A two-part documentary film at the Multicultural Center


Monday, Jan. 28, 7- 9:30 p.m.

Multi-Faith Celebration – Open to all spiritual and diverse religious communities to share in sacred traditions at the Multicultural Center


Tuesday, Jan. 29, noon – 1 p.m.

Unity Luncheon, Keynote address from Teny Gross, executive director, Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence, at the Multicultural Center


Tuesday, Jan. 29, 3:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

“A Force More Powerful,” A film & discussion with Dr. Bernard Lafayette at the Multicultural Center


Wednesday, Jan. 30, noon – 1:30 p.m.

“Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence,” video with discussion to follow at the Multicultural Center


Wednesday, Jan. 30, 4 – 5:45 p.m.

Kingian Nonviolence Workshop at the Multicultural Center


Thursday, Jan. 31, noon – 1 p.m.

Songs for Civil Rights performed by the Cognitive Dissidents Memorial Union


Thursday, Jan. 31, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Video: “Strange Fruit,” with discussion to follow at the Multicultural Center


Friday, Feb. 1, 8 p.m.

URI Roots Music Series, featuring Toumani Diabate & Symmetric Orchestra at Edwards Auditorium.


The week’s events are sponsored collaboratively by: The University of Rhode Island Multicultural Center, the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of the Chaplains, the URI Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, the Memorial Union, the Cognitive Dissidents, Anointed, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, NAACP, Uhuru SaSa, Black American Society, ICON, Hillel, the Departments of Psychology, Communication Studies, and Theatre, the African and Afro- American Studies and the College Writing Programs, and the Offices of Housing and Residential Life, Parking Services, Talent Development, and the Student Affairs Diversity Committee.