Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.: His Impact Today

Join us for a series of events celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. All events are free and open to the public.

January 19-22 from 11:30-1:30 at the Dining Center Sunken Lounge

On-going screenings of “Eyes on the Prize” Documentary Series

Wednesday, January 20 at 4 PM in the MCC, Stokes 106 - Multicultural Panel

A panel of local community leaders and experts will address the question:  How has the work of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement for blacks in this country influenced other civil rights movements?  The panel will be moderated by Vanessa Christman, Assistant Director of Intercultural Affairs at Bryn Mawr and will include:

  • Kevin Jones, founder of Black LGBT Archives of Philadelphia
  • Fernando Chang-Muy, Law Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, who specializes in immigration issues
  • Andy Lamas, Urban Studies professor at the University of Pennsylvania, who specializes in issues of economic justice
  • Ben Takemoto,  Political Science Senior at Haverford and co-head of the Asian American Association
  • Martha Denney, Dean of the College at Haverford, who will address why MLK has significance for Haverford today
  • Theresa Tensuan, assistant professor of English and coordinator of the Gender and Sexuality Studies program at Haverford
  • Misha Baker '10, anthropology major

Thursday, January 21 at 7 PM in the MCC, Stokes 106, with a reception immediately following - MLK Lecture on the Impact of King’s Work Today.

We are fortunate to have Mr. James Fletcher as our keynote speaker.  Mr. Fletcher is a committed member of the Religious Society of Friends, and has been for 35 years.  He has been a member of a number of Meetings over the years in Connecticut, New York, Colorado, Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas, and Idaho. He also clerked for the Committee for Black Concerns, and the Barrington Dunbar Fund for Black Development in New York.  He co-founded The Fellowship of Friends of African Descent.

He has written numerous publications including "A QUAKER SPEAKS FROM THE BLACK EXPERIENCE: The Life and Times of Barrington Dunbar", with Carlton MaBee,  "FRIENDS FACE THE WORLD", with Leonard Kenworthy, and a number of articles, over the years in, FRIENDS JOURNAL and QUAKER LIFE.

Mr. Fletcher currently serves as Vice President of Finance and Administration at Idaho State University.  He is a member of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, and MENSA.

Friday, January 22 from 12:30-1:30 in the MCC, 106 Stokes - Community Conversation

This month’s community conversation will focus on the relevance of MLK today. 2010 MLK Lecturer Mr. James Fletcher will be the guest facilitator.

  • What relevance do you think the work of King has for society today?
  • How is his work relevant to Haverford today?
  • How can college students today carry on King’s work?

TBA - Brother Outsider, The Life of Bayard Rustin – Details TBA – Stay Tuned (This event is a collaboration between QuaC(Quaker Community), BSL (Black Student League), and SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Alliance)

Mr. Rustin was a civil rights activist, important largely behind the scenes in the civil rights movement of the 1960s and earlier, and the main organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. He counseled Martin Luther King, Jr. on the techniques of nonviolent resistance. He became an advocate on behalf of gay and lesbian causes in the latter part of his career; however, his homosexuality was the reason for attacks from many governmental as well as interest groups.

MLK Celebratory is brought to you by The Eighth Dimension, The Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, Quaker Affairs, The Student Activities Office, the Humanities Center, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.