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Lehigh celebrates King’s legacy

A faculty roundtable discussion on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s lesser known writings and speeches, including his “Beyond Vietnam” speech, will kick off Lehigh’s celebration of the life and legacy of the slain civil rights leader at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23 in University Center Room 308.

The faculty members involved in the roundtable discussion will be: Jeff Fleisher, visiting professor in Africana Studies and anthropology and director of the Joint Multicultural program; William Scott, professor and director of the Africana Studies program; Lloyd Steffen, University Chaplain and professor and department chair of religion studies; Kashi Johnson, associate professor of theatre; Heather Johnson, the Frank R. Hook Assistant Professor of Sociology; Seth Moglen, associate professor of English; and John Pettegrew, associate professor of history and director of the American Studies program.

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Rev. Al Sharpton, one of the most visible black leaders in the world today, will be Lehigh’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration keynote speaker at 7:30 p.m. in Zoellner Arts Center’s Baker Hall.

For more on Sharpton’s appearance, see related article.

On Wednesday, Jan. 25, there will be an interfaith prayer breakfast from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in University Center Room 303 where members of the university community can enjoy breakfast together and acknowledge the great need for cross-cultural and interfaith engagement. This event is free, but attendees need to R.S.V.P. for planning purposes. If you plan on attending the breakfast, please e-mail Alta Thornton.

“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to the noblest aspirations of the human spirit: equality, freedom, justice, and peace,” says Gregory Farrington, Lehigh president. “I encourage all members of the Lehigh family to find a meaningful and personal way to join in our nation’s celebration of Dr. King’s legacy.”

Lehigh works every day to create a more diverse and multicultural learning and living environment for students, says Stephan Coggs, assistant dean of multicultural affairs. “Bringing in speakers like Rev. Sharpton helps us to achieve our goals while honoring the legacy of an important man like Martin Luther King, Jr.”

The events are sponsored by the MLK Celebration Planning Committee, the Visiting Lecture Series Committee, the Chaplain's Office, Africana Studies, Multicultural Affairs, and the Joint Multicultural Program.

For more information on any of Lehigh’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration events, please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (610) 758-5973.

—Sarah Cooke

Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006

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