Martin Luther King Day Celebration Events Posted
Justice Alan Page, National Football Hall of Famer and associate justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court, highlights the Alma College week-long observance of Martin Luther King Day. Beginning Jan. 16 and continuing through Jan. 21, the celebration theme "Choosing Diversity" centers on two of King's principles, service to community and understanding diverse cultures.
Page set his sights on a career in law long before he became an NFL Hall of Fame member as one of the Minnesota Vikings' "Purple People Eaters" defensive linemen in the 1970s. He became an associate justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1993, was named the NCAA's Theodore Roosevelt Award winner in 2003, and has had a remarkably distinguished career in many areas, especially as a passionate defender of equal education for children.
Alma alumna Rev. Julia Robinson sets the tone for the week with a convocation service in Dunning Memorial Chapel Jan. 16.
Page and Earle Robinson conduct the Sports and Diversity Symposium Jan. 17 in The Remick Heritage Center Presbyterian Hall. Earle Robinson comments daily on the world of sports from Michigan high school to the pros and everything in between as host of WKAR Radio's "SportsTalk."
Page delivers the College's 2005 Martin Luther King Day keynote address "The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr." later that evening in Presbyterian Hall. The free speech is open to the public and requires no ticket.
Service to the community includes a blood drive on campus Jan. 18 and volunteering at the First Presbyterian Church Community Cafe Jan. 20. Exposure to other cultures comes from the International Food and Cultural Fest Jan. 20 in the Rotunda of the Tyler-Van Dusen Campus Center.
Diversity issues are raised in the movie "Remember the Titans" shown Jan. 21 in Jones Auditorium of the Campus Center followed by the three best-selling DVDs of Comedian Margaret Cho.
Frequently hailed as brilliant, Cho has played to sell-out crowds on four national tours. She has been honored by the ACLU of Southern California, GLAAD, American Women in Radio and Television, the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, PFLAG and the National Organization for Women for "making a significant difference in promoting equal rights for all, regardless of race, sexual orientation or gender identity."
Martin Luther King Week Schedule
All events are free and open to the public
Jan. 16, 7:00 p.m, Convocation Service, Dunning Memorial Chapel, Rev. Julia Robinson '93
Jan 17, 3:30 p.m., Sports and Diversity Symposium, Remick Heritage Center Presbyterian Hall, Justice Alan Page and Earle Robinson.
Jan. 17, 8:00 p..m., 2005 Martin Luther King Day keynote address "The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.," Remick Heritage Center Presbyterian Hall, Justice Alan Page
Jan. 18, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Blood Drive, Tyler-Van Dusen Campus Center
Jan. 18, 7:00 p.m., Poetry Reading, Creative Writing House
Jan. 20, 4:15 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Community Cafe, First Presbyterian Church in Alma
Jan. 20, 7:00 p.m., International Food and Cultural Fest, Rotunda of the Tyler-Van Dusen Campus Center
Jan. 21, 9:00 p.m., Movie Night "Remember the Titans" and DVDs of Comedian Margaret Cho, Tyler-Van Dusen Campus Center Jones Auditorium
Posted: Mon, January 10th, 2005 at 12:44PM