Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Week, 2009
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“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.
HUMAN RIGHTS WEEK events
DAY OF SERVICE
Community Engagement - students will honor Dr. King's call to service by participating in projects with the community.
Monday, January 19, 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. (various times)
Collective Memory Project with the Residents of the Troy Housing Authority
Eight locations in the Troy Housing Authority will be the sites of the Collective Memory Project. Up to 80 RPI students will join Americorps volunteers and a facilitator at each of these locations to interview residents and learn about their memories of Dr. King, what he stood for, and to find common ground for all. This will be an excellent opportunity to meet and learn about what's important to some of the good people who live in Troy. The outcome - the collective memory of all those interviewed and their reflections on Dr. King's Birthday - will be posted on a web site for all to view following the event.
Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
Volunteers play a vital role in the work of the Regional Food Bank. Every day, volunteers assist in our warehouse, on our farm, in our office, and in the community to ensure our operation continues to be most efficient. Up to 30 volunteers are needed to help with re-packing and sorting food for food distribution points around the capital region.
A Public Reading of Dr. King's speeches and of the UN Declaration of Human Rights
Students will engage in a public reading of Dr. King's major speeches, and of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, at the Lansingburgh Library in North Troy. Students will encourages responses to the readings in a diary that will also be posted on the Collective Memory web site. Up to ten students are needed for this project.
Registration is required by 5 p.m. on Friday, 1/16 for all of these projects. Transportation will be provided to all of the sites, and refreshments will also be provided. Please click on the box below to register. A confirmation and more information will be sent to you no later than Friday evening, 1/16.
"WILL THERE BE WHITE TRASH IN HEAVEN? - A MANIC
GLIMPSE OF THE POST-RACIAL FUTURE"
Tuesday, January 20, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Sage 3303; reception at 6:30 p.m. in the Sage lobby
Guest speaker John Hartigan Jr. is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the Americo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His first book, Racial Situations: Class Predicaments of Whiteness in Detroit (Princeton, 1999) is a detailed study of how whites in Detroit make sense of race in everyday settings in three distinct class neighborhoods. His subsequent book, Odd Tribes: Toward a Cultural Analysis of White People (Duke, 2005) is a cultural history of "white trash," tracing the emergence and current uses of this charged stereotype through an array of popular cultural mediums. His current book, Making Sense of Race: America's Perplexing National Conversation (Stanford, 2009), uses a year of media stories on race to explain how Americans decide when remarks or incidents are "racial." He is also finishing a book that surveys recent ethnographic research on race, titled Race in the 21st Century: Ethnographic Approaches (Oxford, 2009).
Dr. Hartgan will be introduced by Rensselaer professor Ron Eglash.
Wednesday, January 21, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., RSDH- Fac/Staff; Registration fee - $5
Few experiences bring to life the inequalities in our world more powerfully than an OXFAM America Hunger Banquet event. Speakers include Mark Dunlea, Executive Director of the Hunger Action Network of New York and Paul Dellio, Community Liaison for Joseph’s House and Shelter. All registration fees will be distributed to OXFAM for its efforts in Haiti, the Hunger Action Network of New York, and Joseph’s House and Shelter.
Registration is required to attend. Please send an email to the Community Advocates with your name, and the names of your friends who would like to attend. A confirmation note will be sent to you with further information about the event.
"THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AND THE HUMAN RIGHTS IMPERATIVE
Reflection and Keynote Address
Thursday, January 22, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., EMPAC Concert Hall; reception at 8:30 p.m. in Evelyn's Cafe
Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, 18th President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will deliver the Human Rights Week keynote address for this 9th annual event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Forty years following the Dr. King's speech I Have Been to the Mountaintop, Dr. Jackson will reflect on human rights given the state of the country and the world today, and what students and citizens in a global community can do to achieve human rights for all. Welcome remarks will be given by Dr. Eddie Ade Knowles, and reflections will be shared by RPI student leaders. Traditional spirituals will be sung by the Bethel Baptist Church Choir of Troy.
For more information on these events, please send an email to the Community Advocates or call 276-3098.