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Martin Luther King Jr., Week for Peace continues through Friday

Loyola press release - January 18, 2011

Ruby Bridges, the first African-American child to attend an all white elementary school in the South, and world-renowned poet Nikki Giovanni will be featured guests at Loyola University New Orleans during the 25th Annual Martin Luther King Jr., Week for Peace, which concludes Friday, Jan. 21. The week, which includes a day of community service and a talent showcase, is sponsored by Loyola, Dillard, Tulane and Xavier Universities.

On Nov. 14, 1960, Bridges became a symbol of civil rights when she walked into the William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans. Bridges is the author of “Through my Eyes,” and is chair of the Ruby Bridges Foundation, which she formed in 1999 to promote "the values of tolerance, respect and appreciation of all differences." In 2001, Bridges was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Bill Clinton. She will receive a lifetime achievement award at the MLK Convocation on Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. in Loyola’s Roussel Hall.

Nikki Giovanni, writer, commentator, activist and educator, will be the featured speaker at the convocation. She is the author of many books, including “Bicycles: Love Poems,” “Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day,” and the autobiography “Gemini,” which was a finalist for the National Book Award. She is currently a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.

The MLK Week for Peace is a collaborative celebration among the four major private universities in New Orleans, which each year host a week-long series of events to commemorate, celebrate and reflect on the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his vision of collective work and social justice. The theme this year is “Unity and Diversity: Universities for the Dream.”

Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, Jan. 19:
MLK Convocation, featuring Nikki Giovanni and Ruby Bridges
5 – 5:45 p.m. (Opening reception); 6 – 7:30 p.m. (Convocation); Loyola University, Roussel Hall

Thursday, Jan. 20: Expressions of Unity
7 p.m., Dillard University, Cook Auditorium
A celebration of Dr. King’s life through song, drama, dance, music and spoken word.

Friday, Jan. 21: Stepping for the Dream - University Step Off Competition
7 p.m., Tulane University, McAlister Auditorium

For more information, contact the Office of Student Affairs at 504-865-3737.

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