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Naomi Tutu Keynotes MLK Week: ‘Being a Social Activist’

A civil rights panel, blood drive, film screening and performances honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

The challenges of growing up black and female in apartheid South Africa have been the foundation of Nontombi Naomi Tutu’s life as an activist for human rights.

The daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Naomi Tutu will keynote Martin Luther King Jr. Week at Alma College. She will speak on “Being a Social Activist” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17 in the Remick Heritage Center, Presbyterian Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

“Naomi Tutu is an engaging and dynamic activist and speaker,” says Candy McCorkle, director of diversity and inclusion at Alma College. “She will talk about her life as an activist.”

The Alma College Choir will honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with songs and readings.The Alma College Choir will honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with songs and readings.
Naomi Tutu’s professional experiences include consulting in West Africa and coordinating race and gender programs at the African Gender Institute, the University of Cape Town. She also has taught at the University of Hartford, University of Connecticut and Brevard College. In addition to speaking, Naomi Tutu leads “truth and reconciliation” workshops for groups dealing with different types of conflict.

This year’s MLK Week theme is “Social Activism Today.” In addition to the keynote presentation, activities will include a civil rights panel discussion, Red Cross blood drive, film screening and music and dance events. A complete list of events follows.

Martin Luther King Jr. Events at Alma College
January 15-19, 2018

Jan. 15/The Responsible Leadership Institute and the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity at Alma College sponsor a Red Cross Blood Drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15 in the Tyler-VanDusen Commons. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome as space permits.

Jan. 15/The Alma College Choir and students honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with songs and readings at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15 in Dunning Memorial Chapel. Admission is free and open to the public.

“Betty and Coretta”Jan. 16/The Alma College Multicultural Student Union sponsors a civil rights panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 in the Swanson Academic Center Room 113. Admission is free and open to the public.

Jan. 17/Human rights activist Nontombi Naomi Tutu, the daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the first black leader of the Anglican Church in South Africa, keynotes Martin Luther King Jr. Week at Alma College. She speaks at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17 in the Remick Heritage Center, Presbyterian Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Jan. 18/The Alma College Diversity and Inclusion Office and Multicultural Student Union sponsor a screening of the film “Betty and Coretta” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 in the Swanson Academic Center Room 113. The film documents the friendship forged between Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X, and Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and how they continued their husbands’ legacies and developed their own in the fight for civil rights and social justice. Admission is free and open to the public.

Jan. 19/Alma College dance students honor the legacy Martin Luther King Jr. with a dance performance at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19 in the Remick Heritage Center Dance Studio. Admission is free and open to the public.

Story published on January 02, 2018