Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Week, 2009

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. But today our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant, and face the challenge of change. The large house in which we live demands that we transform this worldwide neighborhood into a worldwide brotherhood. We must work passionately and indefatigably to bridge the gap between our scientific progress and our moral progress.”

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., on 31 March 1968.

The Community Advocates were proud to host the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Week events from January 19-22, 2009. Formerly known as the "Embrace the Dream" and "Diversity Week," this 9th annual program is a celebration of the life of Dr. King and the fundamental civil liberties and human rights he stood for.

The highlight for the week, was the Key Note Address, delivered by Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, President of Rensselaer, titled "THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AND THE HUMAN RIGHTS IMPERATIVE." This remarkable program featured Dr. Jackson, members of the Community Advocates, and the Bethel Baptist Church Choir.

The Human Rights Week events are sponsored by the Community Advocates, the Dean of Students Office, the First-Year Experience, Residence Life, the Rensselaer Union, the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Institute Diversity, the African and Caribbean Students Association and Rensselaer Dining Services.


For more information on these events, please send an email to the Community Advocates or call 276-3098.

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