2008 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Schedule

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Saturday, Jan. 19

11 a.m.
A memorial service for Amadou Cissé ’01, a graduate student at the University of Chicago who died last fall. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Multifaith Chaplaincy. For more information, call 207-786-8376.
Bates College Chapel

Sunday, Jan. 20

6 p.m.
Art opening and exhibition:
Work by Clyde Bango ’11 of Harare, Zimbabwe, and Uriel Gonzalez ’11 of Von Ormy, Texas, commissioned by the Martin Luther King Day Committee.
Chase Hall Lounge

7 p.m.
Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Service of Worship. The Rev. Marshall Elijah Hatch P ’10 of Chicago, recipient of the 2006 Weston Howland Jr. Award for Distinguished National Leadership, delivers the evening’s sermon. Music by Bates students, including a solo by first-year vocalist Megan Guynes of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. A reception follows in the Multicultural Center.
Bates College Chapel

Monday, Jan. 21   Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, classes are canceled and special programming takes place throughout the day. This year’s King Day theme at Bates is “Modernizing King: Old Struggles, New Roots.” For more information, call 207-786-6400.

9 a.m.
Meet the students from Morehouse and Bates colleges who will take part in the morning’s debate.
Chase Hall Lounge

9:30 a.m.
Oratory: In “Minutes and Words of Eternity: The Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays Speech Invitational,” members of the Morehouse and Bates debate teams will argue the topic, “This house would require that electronic waste be disposed of in the nations that produce it” .
Chase Hall Lounge

10:45 a.m.
Keynote Address:
Delivered by the Rev. Lawrence Carter, professor of religion at Morehouse College and curator and first dean of the college’s Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel.
Bates College Chapel

1:20 to 2:30, 2:35 to 3:50 and 4 to 5:15 p.m.
Concurrent Workshop Sessions:
Students, staff, guests and faculty lead readings, presentations and discussions focused on various topics tied to the day’s theme, “Modernizing King: Old Roots, New Struggles.” For more information about the workshops, call 207-786-6400 or see a complete listing.
Pettengill Hall and Dana Chemistry classrooms

7:30 p.m.
Bates students commissioned to create cultural work for Martin Luther King Day 2008 present music, dance and spoken-word pieces. The evening features senior Greg Waters of London, England, jazz; juniors Kevin Chambers, of East Orange, N.J., and Shawki White of Danville, Ill., hip hop/rap; senior Alissa Horowitz, of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., dance; and Sulo Dissanayake ’09, dramatic performance.
Olin Arts Center Concert Hall

Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 1:30 p.m.
Annual MLK Read-In:
Faculty, staff, students and members of the community will share a picture book with Martel School students in grades 4-6. Those interested in volunteering should e-mail Dan Aiello at daiello@bates.edu or call 207-786-8351.
Martel School

An exhibition on display through the month of May in the lobby of Ladd Library celebrates the life of Benjamin Mays ’20, focusing on his long-time connection with Bates, and his many contributions, both direct and indirect, to the public and political struggle for civil rights.

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