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Former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume Keynotes MLK Week

December 30, 2013

Martin Luther King Jr. Week at Alma College features a performance of “The Meeting,” a student poster presentation, campus blood drive and a keynote address by former U.S. Congressman and NAACP President Kweisi Mfume.

Former U.S. Congressman and NAACP President Kweisi Mfume will deliver the keynote address for Alma College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Week activities. He will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 in the Remick Heritage Center. 

In addition, Alma College will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a presentation of “The Meeting” — a theatrical performance about the lives, philosophies and times of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. — at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 in the Remick Heritage Center.

Other activities planned for MLK Week include a campus blood drive and bone marrow registry, a “Michigan and Dr. King” poster presentation and student community service opportunities.

Admission to all MLK Week events at Alma College is free and open to the public.

Keynote Speaker: Kweisi Mfume
7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014
Remick Heritage Center

Former U.S. Congressman and NAACP President and Chief Executive Officer Kweisi Mfume (pronounced Kwah-EE-see Oom-FOO-may) was born, raised and educated in the city of Baltimore, where he followed his dream to impact society and shape public policy. A graduate of Morgan State University, Mfume gained experience as an activist, radio commentator, administrator and TV personality during seven years of service in local government.

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At the age of 38, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, a seat he held for the next decade during the terms of Presidents Reagan, Bush Sr. and Clinton. Active on many committees, he consistently advocated landmark business and civil rights legislation. He helped to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act, strengthened the Equal Credit Opportunity Law and co-authored and successfully amended the Civil Rights Bill of 1991.

He left Congress to become President and CEO of the NAACP in February of 1996, serving there for nine years. During that time he raised the national profile of the NAACP while helping to restore its prominence among the nation’s civil rights organizations.

For the past 12 years, he has lectured at colleges, universities, corporations and bar associations across the country on the subjects of corporate diversity, compliance, inclusion disparities in health care, tolerance and the new challenges of gender and race.

His background in broadcasting includes 20 years in radio and television. He is the recipient of the NAACP Image Award and the 2005 Telly Award for the television documentary “Ticket to Freedom.” He also has been featured on 60 Minutes, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Meet the Press and countless other news and public affairs programs. His best-selling autobiography, published by Ballantine Books (Random House), is titled No Free Ride.

MLK Day Presentation: “The Meeting”
2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 2014
Remick Heritage Center

A dramatic presentation of a fictional meeting between Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X describes an emotional and intense confrontation between two of the most influential men of their times and their commitment to human rights.

"The Meeting" portrays Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr."The Meeting" portrays Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

Set in February 1965 in a shabby Harlem hotel room, the play explores what might have happened had Dr. King, a Baptist minister and champion of non-violent protest, and Malcolm X, advocate of self defense through any means necessary and himself the center of fractional warring with in his own Muslim faith, had met before they were assassinated just three years apart.

The play examines both their public and private lives: the clash of the ideas and tactics for the advancement of freedom, and the humanity of two devout men of faith, loving fathers and husbands, and leaders willing to lay down their lives for the cause of justice.

Wesley Lawrence Taylor, a graduate of the New Theatre Conservatory, plays Malcolm X, while Jeff Robinson, an award-winning musician, composer and actor, plays Rev. King Jr. Written by Jeff Stetson, “The Meeting” has received numerous awards and has been produced throughout the United States and Europe.

Martin Luther King Jr. Week Events at Alma College
“Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dr. King”

Jan. 19/The Alma College Chaplain’s Office sponsors a Martin Luther King Jr. campus worship service at 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 at the Dunning Memorial Chapel. The service includes scripture, sermon, prayers and other special elements exploring the theme of justice. Alma College Chaplain Noel Snyder preaches. All are welcome.

Jan. 20/The Alma College Service Learning Office and the United Health Professionals of Alma College (UHPAC) sponsor a campus blood drive and bone marrow registry from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 in the Stone Recreation Center at Alma College. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome as space permits. Schedule your appointment online at redcrossblood.org. For information, contact Anne Ritz at (989) 463-7366.

Jan. 20/The Alma College King-Chavez-Parks Mentoring Program and the Diversity and Inclusion Office sponsor “The Meeting” — a theatrical performance about the lives, philosophies and times of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. — at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 in the Remick Heritage Center. Admission is free and open to the public. For information, contact Denelle Brown at (989) 463-7463.

Jan. 21/The Alma College history department hosts a “Michigan and Dr. King” poster presentation and discussion at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 in the Tyler-VanDusen Campus Center. For information, contact Kristin Olbertson at olbertson@alma.edu.

Jan. 22/Former U.S. Congressman and NAACP President Kweisi Mfume speaks at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 in the Remick Heritage Center at Alma College. Admission to the Martin Luther King Jr. Week keynote address is free and open to the public.

Jan. 23/The Alma College Relay for Life Kickoff takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 in the Tyler-VanDusen Campus Center. The event features food and fun and rallies support for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event at Alma College scheduled for March 22-23 at the Stone Recreation Center.

Jan. 23/Students, faculty and staff are invited to join Entrepreneurs in Action in serving and cleaning up at Community Café, where Sodexo provides meals through meal/point donations from students, faculty and staff. The meal is served from 4:45 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 at First Presbyterian Church in Alma.

Jan. 25/Alma College students volunteer at Kids Night Out, a community-based event in which the college students watch movies, play games and go swimming with elementary age youth. Kids Night Out takes place at Alma High School from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. To volunteer, contact Susan Smoker at ssmoker@almaschools.net.

 

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