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Variety of campus events to mark King birthday
STANFORD -- "Inspiration for Troubled Times" will be the theme of a commemorative program in celebration of the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, in Dinkelspiel Auditorium.
Keynote speaker will be the Rev. Floyd Thompkins Jr., associate dean of Stanford Memorial Church. Panelists and their topics will be Bacardi Jackson, chair of the Stanford Black Student Union, on "A Vision of Unity Without Uniformity"; Jim Larimore, assistant dean of students and director of the Stanford American Indian Program Office, on "A Vision of Community"; Althea Miller of the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'i on "A Vision of Racial Unity in America"; and Oscar Rios, mayor of Watsonville, on "A Vision of Community Empowerment."
The evening will include performances by the Stanford Gospel Choir, the Kuumba Dance Ensemble and the Talisman singing group. A group of alumni will unveil a new Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship in Public Service. In addition, those attending are advised to take candles to participate in the "lighting of the candles" ceremony.
Several other campus events are scheduled between Jan. 12-21 to mark King's birthday and to recognize his contributions to American society. All events are open to the public without charge.
Kicking off the 10-day celebration will be a special worship service, "Black Church at Stanford," at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at the Elliott Program Center, Governor's Corner.
Another public worship service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, in Dinkelspiel Auditorium. Featured speaker will be the Rev. Jim Breeden, director of the Religious Life Center at Dartmouth University.
A program on "Diversity in the Workplace," sponsored by the Career Planning and Placement Center, will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, in Tresidder Union, Cypress lounge. Keynote speaker will be Sharon Parker, director of Stanford's Office for Multicultural Development, who will talk on "Affirmative Action: Past, Present and Future." A panel of alumni will address a number of issues, including racism and sexism in the workplace, identity and career, and the glass ceiling.
There will be an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project in Cypress Hall, D-wing.
Two special noon programs are planned at Bechtel International Center, "International Perspectives on Peace" on Jan. 14 and "Africa Table" on Jan. 15.
Concluding the series of activities will be a tree planting ceremony at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the King Papers Project to celebrate the King holiday and Tu B'Shvat, the Hebrew "New Year for the Trees."
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