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Saturday, January 14, 2006


This Monday is the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (the man went through A LOT of schooling...give him his titles!) and for all of you who didn't know that, shame on you and your unfortunate descendants. Anyway, I'd like to let you know of a few things that you can do on that day besides sleeping in or taking final exams if you have the time and interest. Take a look in the expanded post about stuff going down on campus, in Cambridge, and beyond and get involved in service or just hear about others expressing the importance of the day, building community, or all that other stuff. Almost all are FREE and if you know more please share! Just click on each link for more info or directions if necessary (or ask for them in the Comment section). Always remember:

"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."

(more in expanded post)

Martin Luther King Day Celebration
The Memorial Church
Monday, January 16, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Massachusetts Representative Byron Rushing
"The Nightmare and the Dream: Domestic Terrorism and Ending Racism in America"

City of Cambridge Peace Commission - Stand-In For Peace
Cambridge City Hall/YWCA
Monday, January 16, 1:30 - 5 p.m.
"Hear the words of Martin Luther King and a multi-media presentation of conscious lyrics, hip-hop, poetry and spoken word from a variety of Cambridge area artists."

City of Boston 23rd Annual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

1) Wang Theatre
Sunday, January 15, 7 pm
A Gift of Song will feature performer, songwriter and vocalist Patti Austin with jazz recording artist Andre Ward. The program will take place at the Wang Theatre on January 15th at 7:00 PM. *This program is free but ticketing is required due to limited seating. If you would like to attend, please call (617) 635-4445.
2) Fanueil Hall
Monday, January 16, 12 pm
The City of Boston's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Speaking Program will feature civil rights legend, the Dr. Joseph Lowry at Faneuil Hall at 12:00 PM. *This program is free

Boston's Children's Chorus
Raising the Roof - Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. in Song
New England Conservatory of Music, Jordan Hall
Monday, January 16, 6:30 pm
Big concert with special guests the Chicago Children's Choir and the Young People's Chorus of New York City. The kids from the BCC are all ridiculously small, cute, and energetic...not to mention TALENTED! I went last year with PBHA and helped out as an usher. From the very first note your jaw WILL drop. They make our Glee Clubs and most other singing groups sound like putting stones in a CD disc changer. Huge, great, attend if possible or watch it on TV (Channel 5 from 7-8 pm)!

Boston University - A Movement Beyond Borders
A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Metcalf Hall, George Sherman Union, BU
Monday, January 16, 1 pm
American Civil Rights and the Struggle For Global Human Rights. Keynote Address by Nobel Peace Prize Laurete John Hume. Also available via webcast so visit the site!

Boston College - Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
McElroy Conference Room/St.Joseph's Chapel, Gonzaga Hall
Tuesday, January 24, 3:30 pm
Featuring a talk by Rev. Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, the MacArthur Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies at Colby College; followed by a Memorial Ecumenical Worship Service with performances by Voices of Imani and Against the Current. Sponsored by Campus Ministry.

Museum of Fine Arts - Martin Luther King Day Community Open House

Museum of Fine Arts (MFA)
Monday, January 16, ALL DAY
The Museum opens its doors on Martin Luther King Jr. Day with free general admission for all! Join us for a fun-filled day of art activities, music and dance inspired by West African Gold: Akan Regalia from the Glassell Collection. View the documentary A Great Tree Has Fallen which chronicles the elaborate transfer of Ghanaian kingship from an aged and revered leader to his young successor.

Boston Children's Museum - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

Boston Children's Museum
Monday, January 16, 11 am - 4 pm
Celebrate a "day on" not a "day off" with activities and songs from the civil rights movement. The day will include workshops on non-violence and its significance, biographies on historical figures who have made a difference in the world, creation of buttons and artwork that send positive and inspirational message to others and role-play activities.

Museum of Afro-American History - Greater Boston Symphony Youth Orchestra
A Family Concert in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, January 16, 3 pm
Enjoy the music inspired by the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King as performed by the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra's Intensive Community Program. Hear the speeches written and spoken by Dr. King as spoken by those who embody the vision mission and spirit of diversity Dr. King espoused. All of this in the location where the phrase "No taxation without representation" was first coined!


At 4:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, a controversial episode of The Boondocks appears on Sunday evening where Martin Luther King returns to 21st century America after being not dead, but in a coma for nearly 40 years. I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on the episode.

At 4:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: MLK Jr.'s schooling/titles, didn't he plagiarize heavily in his doctoral dissertation? I thought there was some movement for BU to rescind his Ph.D...


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