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Creating New Legacies in the Spirit of Dr. King

Recognizing six MC individuals who are making a difference

7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18

Petersime Chapel


Khalil Gibran Muhammad is keynote

of Manchester College’s MLK celebration

Manchester College's annual celebrations of the continuing influence of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will feature an acclaimed author and campus individuals who are carrying on the legacy of making a difference. The public is invited to join the free events, on Friday, Jan. 15 and Monday, Jan. 18.

King’s influence upon the College is great; he delivered his final campus speech at Manchester on Feb. 1, 1968, two months before his assassination. Annually the College, home to the nation’s oldest peace studies program, conducts a Service of Celebration and Rededication honoring the legacy of the slain civil rights leader. Speakers stand at the same podium King used to deliver his address at Manchester.

This year’s keynote speaker is Khalil Gibran Muhammad, author of the critically-acclaimed book, The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, praised by noted authors.

His lecture, “King’s Dream Lives On: Inconvenient Truths and Challenges in the Obama Age,” begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15 in Wine Recital Hall. A reception, conversation and book-signing will follow. Reservations are not necessary.

At 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18, “Creating New Legacies in the Spirit of Dr. King” will recognize six campus individuals who are making a difference today. The Petersime Chapel audience will hear about the mentors and inspiration of College President Jo Young Switzer; ecologist Dr. Jerry Sweeten, 2009 Indiana Professor of the Year; campus setups supervisor Dave Friermood; and extraordinary seniors Samantha Carwile, Nicole Hammond and Stephen Fakoyejo.

Khalil Gibran Muhammad’s scholarship has been featured in The Washington Post, National Public Radio and Pacifica Radio. Recently, he was an expert commentator for the 2009 PBS documentary, Witnesses to History, chronicling the election of President Barack Obama. He is an assistant professor of American history and an adjunct in African American and African Diaspora studies and American studies for Indiana University.

Manchester College serves 1,223 students from 21 states and 20 countries. For more about Its Peace Studies Institute and Program in Conflict Resolution, click here.

January 2010

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