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Jan. 8, 2009

UI presents MLK Celebration of Human Rights Jan. 19 to Feb. 6

The University of Iowa has planned several activities for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration of Human Rights Monday, Jan. 19 to Friday, Feb. 6, starting with an opening celebration at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

UI President Sally Mason will give the welcoming address at the opening celebration, followed by the convocation speech by Marian Coleman, civil rights activist and former equity director for the Iowa City School District. Entertainment will include performances by the UI gospel choir The Voices of Soul, P and J, and The Quire.

During the UI Celebration of Human Rights, faculty, staff, students and community members will give lectures, discussions and cultural arts presentations presented by a wide range of campus and community organizations. All events are free and open to the public.

The MLK Human Rights Celebration is sponsored by the UI Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Human Rights Planning Committee.  

All events are free and open to the public. Selected activities scheduled for the first week of the celebration are listed below.

Monday, Jan. 19:

--The UI Civic Engagement Program is hosting a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Volunteers will meet in the North Room of the IMU and go to service sites in the Iowa City area. See

Tuesday, Jan. 20:

--"Keeping the Dream Alive: The Legacy of African American Students and Faculty at The University of Iowa," 5-7 p.m., Afro-American Cultural Center.

Wednesday, Jan. 21:

--Community of Color, community-building event for new and returning students, 3-6 p.m. Currier Hall.

--Dr. Louis Sullivan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1989-93, will speak on "The Role of an Academic Medical Center in Achieving Dr. King's Dream," 3:30-4:30 p.m., Prem Sahai Auditorium, Room 1110A, Medical Education Research Facility.

--"Building Bridges: Addressing Racial Diversity/Divisiveness," 6-8 p.m., Asian Pacific American Cultural Center.

--"Invisible Slaves: Human Trafficking in the Midwest and United States," 6-8 p.m., Room A, Iowa City Public Library.

--"Open Mouth, Insert Foot: An Open Community Discussion and Workshop on Hate," 7-9 p.m.; Room B, Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert St.

Thursday, Jan. 22:

--Lecture by Frank LeMere, Native American social and political activist, 2:30-4:30 p.m., W401 Pappajohn Business Building; potluck follows at Latino Native American Cultural Center.

--"Cultural Competence in Service Delivery," 6-8 p.m. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center.

--2nd Annual [JAM]NESTY Benefit Concert, 7 p.m. to midnight; Old Brick Church. Proceeds benefit women's and workers' rights.

--"Internal Medicine Grand Rounds-Diversity in Academic Medicine: Clinical Practice, Education and Research; Benefits and Challenges," 1-2 p.m., Room E331, General Hospital.

Friday, Jan. 23:

--National Urban League President Marc Morial, 3 p.m., Room 225, Boyd Law Building.

For a complete listing of all Human Rights Week events, visit For more information, contact Katherine Betts at 319-335-3059.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Katherine Betts, Office of Student Life, 319-335-3059; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,