Campus events, new volume to honor Martin Luther King

A soul food luncheon, musical and dramatic performances, lectures, panel discussions, a Freedom Train "teach-in," church services and the launch of a new volume of the Papers of Martin Luther King Jr. by the King Papers Project are among the activities planned for the 2005 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on campus. Events, organized around the theme "One Man, One Movement: Many Voices," are free and open to the public, except where noted.

Activities include:

Jan. 11: Food for the Soul Luncheon

The African American Staff Group's annual soul food luncheon—with fried chicken, collard greens, peach cobbler and more—will include performances by students Mark Otuteye and Jeremy Battle and staff member Anita Black. At noon in the Tresidder Oak Lounge.

Jan. 11: Book Reading and Signing

Clayborne Carson, professor of history and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project, will read from The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Vol. V, Threshold of a New Decade, with volume editor Tenisha Armstrong. At 6 p.m. at the Stanford Bookstore.

Jan. 13: Photo Exhibition Opening and Reception

An opening reception for the exhibit I'm Walking for My Freedom: The Selma March, a 40th Anniversary Retrospective, featuring photographs by Matt Herron. At 6 p.m. in Tresidder Union, second floor lounge. The exhibit will remain on display through Feb. 28.

Jan. 13: Drama:

Rage Is Not a 1-Day Thing!

Performance by Awele Mekeba of a one-woman drama about the Montgomery bus boycott, followed by a discussion with Mekeba and Claudette Colvin, who as a teenager refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus. At 7 p.m. in the Tresidder Oak Lounge.

Jan. 14: Open House at the King Papers Project

Special guests at an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. will include Claudette Colvin, Awele Mekeba, National Football League Hall of Fame member Ronnie Lott and Steven Logwood of Positive Records. At the King Papers Project at Cypress Hall D, 466 Via Ortega. (RSVP to 736-0711.)

Also that day, at noon in the Tresidder Oak Lounge, Clayborne Carson will talk about the drive to establish a permanent, endowed King Research and Education Institute at Stanford and will honor Lott and other donors to the initiative. Carson and volume editor Tenisha Armstrong will sign copies of Threshold of a New Decade.

Jan. 16: University Public Worship

The Rev. Scotty McLennan, dean for religious life, will speak on "Courage in Spite of Fear," in a Christian celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. At 10 a.m. in Memorial Church.

Jan. 17: Freedom Train

The 20th Annual Freedom Train is scheduled to depart the San Jose Diridon Caltrain station at 10 a.m. and stop at the Sunnyvale, Palo Alto and San Mateo stations before arriving at the 4th and King station in San Francisco at 11:16 a.m. From there, passengers will march to a King celebration at the Civic Center. Tickets are $5 and are available only by calling (408) 292-3157.

Jan. 20: Lecture: "Gay Rights? Civil Rights? Any Difference?"

A lecture and discussion with Keith Boykin, former adviser to President Clinton and current board president of the National Black Justice Coalition. His talk will focus on the relationship between the efforts of the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (LGBT) community to gain the rights of marriage, military service and employment discrimination protection and the Civil Rights movement. At 7 p.m. in the Tresidder Oak West Lounge.

Jan. 23: Multifaith Worship Service

Rabbi William L. Rothschild of Atlanta, whose father Rabbi Jacob M. Rothschild was a colleague of Martin Luther King Jr., will speak. Rothschild, who in 1958 experienced the bombing of his father's synagogue, will reflect on the transformation of Atlanta from a segregated city to an integrated, multicultural metropolis. At 10 a.m. in Memorial Church.

Jan. 26: Panel: "The War in Iraq: Personal and Political Realities"

Mark Gonnerman, assistant dean and director of public programs for Continuing Studies, will moderate a panel discussion about the short- and long-term consequences of the war in Iraq. Panelists will include the Rev. Dorsey Blake of the Church for the Reconciliation of All Peoples in San Francisco; Margo Okazawa-Rey, visiting professor of women's studies at Mills College; and Khalil Barhoum, senior lecturer in linguistics at the Stanford Language Center's Program in African and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures. At noon in Tresidder Union.

Jan. 27: Film:

Citizen King

Campus showing of a documentary exploring the last five years in King's life, with filmmaker Orlando Bagwell. The film premiered on The American Experience on public television. At 6:30 p.m. in Cubberley Auditorium.