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Events celebrating the life of Martin
Luther King Jr. set for this month at Stanford
Former members of the Black Panther Party, the
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party will
be among former civil-rights activists scheduled
to take part in a series of events at Stanford
commemorating the life of the Rev. Martin Luther
King Jr. Organized by the university's King
Committee, the events include a birthday
celebration Jan. 17 for the civil-rights leader,
a panel discussion Jan. 18 on women in the
movement and a Jan. 27 concert featuring the SNCC
Freedom Singers on Jan. 27.
In addition to honoring King's legacy, the
Stanford-based King Papers Project is celebrating
recent accomplishments, including last February's
Grammy Award for the audio version of The
Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. and
the publication of Volume IV of The Papers of
Martin Luther King, Jr. Project leaders have
organized a dinner scheduled for 5:45 p.m. Jan.
17 at Flea Street Cafe, 3607 Alameda de las
Pulgas, Menlo Park. The cost is $75 per person.
Those planning to attend must call (650) 723-2092
by noon Wednesday, Jan. 10. (The King Papers
Project also has organized an open house Jan. 19
-- see below for details.)
Following is a list of events scheduled from
Jan. 17 through 27:
- Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Party --
The celebration kicks off with a King
birthday party at noon Wednesday, Jan.
17, in Tresidder Oak West. The Stanford
Gospel Choir and Everyday People A
Cappella Group are scheduled to perform
at the event, and soul food will be
- Up Close and Personal --
At noon Thursday, Jan. 18, a lunch with
female activists who participated in the
black freedom struggle is scheduled to be
held in St. Clair Drake Lounge at Ujamaa
House. A free lunch will be served.
- Book Signing with Constance Curry
-- From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Jan.
18, a book signing with Constance Curry
is scheduled at the Stanford Bookstore.
Curry is the author of Silver Rights,
the true story of black sharecroppers in
Mississippi who enrolled their seven
school-age children in previously
- Living History: Women from Civil
Rights to Black Power -- From 7 to 9
p.m. Jan. 18 in Cubberley Auditorium,
Victoria Gray Adams, a former member of
SNCC and the Mississippi Freedom
Democratic Party; Dorothy Cotton, former
director of the Citizenship Education
Program of the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference; Ericka Huggins, a
former Black Panther Party leader; and
Curry will participate in a forum. The
moderator will be Darlene Clark Hine, a
professor of history at Michigan State
University. A reception and poster
signing will follow the event.
- King Papers Project Open House --
On Friday, Jan. 19, the King Papers
Project has organized an open house at
its offices in Cypress Hall D on Via
Ortega. A reception with refreshments is
scheduled from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Special
guests will include Jimmy Collier, a
former Southern Christian Leadership
Conference activist, Cotton and Adams.
There also will be book signings of A
Call to Conscience and The Papers
of Martin Luther King, Jr. Volume IV:
Symbol of the Movement, January
1957December 1958. From 4 to 5
p.m., Collier, a songwriter and
storyteller, will perform in Room B-01 of
the Gates Building.
- Black Panther Party Bus Tour --
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20,
former Black Panther Steve McCutchen is
scheduled to lead a bus tour to historic
sites of the Black Panther Party. The
tour is limited to students only. For
more information, call the Black
Community Services Center at the number
- Multi-Faith Service -- At 10 a.m.
Sunday, Jan. 21, a multi-faith service is
scheduled to be held in Memorial Church.
- Crossroads: Intersection of the
Feminist Movement and the Civil Rights
Movement -- From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 23, a talk featuring
Bettina Aptheker, chairwoman of the
Women's Studies Department at the
University of California-Santa Cruz, is
scheduled to be held in the Tresidder
- A Place of Rage Film
Screening -- From noon to 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 25, in Tresidder Oak East
and West, Lisa Webb, assistant dean for
multicultural graduate student services
in the School of Humanities and Sciences,
will moderate a discussion following a
screening of A Place of Rage, a
film featuring prominent black women,
such as Angela Davis and Alice Walker,
commenting on the experiences of African
American women, racial discrimination and
its effects on American culture.
- A Day of Service in Honor of King
-- From 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday,
Jan. 26, volunteers may participate in a
Habitat for Humanity project in Redwood
- SNCC Freedom Singers Concert -- At
7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, the SNCC
Freedom Singers are scheduled to perform
at 7 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium.
Unless otherwise noted, all events are free
and open to the public. For more information
about events (except those organized by the King
Papers Project), call the Black Community
Services Center at (650) 725-0030.
For more information about the King Papers
Project's open house and dinner, call (650)
By John Sanford