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The 21st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Week for Peace

Loyola press release - January 8, 2007

The 21st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Week for Peace

The 21st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Week for Peace is scheduled for Monday through Friday, January 15 −19, 2007. The events are sponsored by Dillard, Loyola, Tulane, and Xavier Universities.

Dr. Cornel West, one of America’s most gifted and provocative public intellectuals, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s convocation, “Defining Our Citizenship: Uniting Communities,” on Tuesday, January 16, at 7 p.m., in McAlister Auditorium on Tulane’s campus. A welcoming reception will be held in the Lavin-Bernick Center Terrace Ballroom prior to the lecture at 6 p.m.

Events scheduled for the week are listed below. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Interfaith Service

There will be an interfaith service on Monday, January 15, at 10 a.m., in the University Center Ballroom at Xavier University. Bus transportation for the interfaith service departs from all locations at 9 a.m. Loyola students will depart from McAlister Drive by the shuttle stop on the side of the Fogelman Arena/ Central building.

“A Day On, Not a Day Off” Community Service Project

Immediately following the interfaith service on Monday, January 15, there will be a community service opportunity at Booker T. Washington school in sponsorship with City Year, Volunteers of America, and Interfaith Works. Buses will leave from Xavier University in front of Katherine Drexel Resdence Hall. Buses will return students to designated locations following the community service day.

Martin Luther King ,Jr., Convocation and Lecture

There will be a welcome reception on Tuesday, January 16, in Tulane’s Lavin-Bernick Center at 6 p.m., followed by a lecture by Dr. Cornell West in McAlister Auditorium at 7 p.m. The Presidential Lifetime Achievements Recipient and Student Community Service Award Recipients will be announced during this time.

Candlelight March

There will be a candlelight march on Friday, January 19, at 5 p.m. The march will start in front of the University Center Terrace at Xavier University and proceed through Uptown New Orleans through Loyola University’s campus, stopping briefly at the Danna Center’s St. Charles Room for refreshments for participants and proceeding to Tulane University’s campus for the closing activity. Bus transportation for Loyola students will depart from McAlister Drive by the shuttle stop on the side of the Fogelman Arena/Central building at 4 p.m.

Expressions of Unity

On Friday, January 19, immediately following the candlelight march, there will be a celebration of Dr. King’s life through song, drama, dance, and music at Tulane University McAlister Auditorium.