Anniversary of Martin Luther King's death observed with week of events

This year to focus on inspiring women in King’s life

The anniversary of the April 4, 1968, assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is being observed this week with programs arranged by the club MLK and Friends.

According to Rasheik Trammell ’11, the club's vice president, this year's observance pays homage to the inspiring women in King’s life.

Monday, April 4, at noon, a peace vigil was held at the Peace Circle outside of Usdan Student Center to mark the anniversary of King's assassination.

On Tuesday, April 5, from 12 to 5 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center art gallery, MLK and Friends will present “Eternally Yours,” an art tribute to King's wife Coretta Scott and other women who fought alongside him.

On Wednesday, April 6, at 6 p.m. in the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center’s Napoli Trophy Room, a panel and discussion titled “The King & I” will explore the fight for justice told from the perspective of women who have made King’s Dream their reality. Panelists include Monique Gnanaratnam, director of the Intercultural Center and Erika Smith, director of the Transitional Year Program.

On Thursday, April 7, from 7 to 8 p.m. in Ridgewood A Commons, The Peacemakers Interfaith Celebration introduces personal testimonies of women who support an interfaith community. The evening will include words from Kaamila Mohamed ‘11, Amanda Dryer ‘13 and Neda Eid ’11.

MLK and Friends was started by MLK Jr. Scholarship recipients with the intent to promote social justice, community service, education and equality. The club also focuses on the ideals of community building and unity.

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