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Connecticut College to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 29

The college will celebrate Black History Month with a variety of public events NEW LONDON, Conn. - The Connecticut College community will gather Jan. 29 to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with performances by staff, faculty and students, as well as the presentation of the college´s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service Awards. This annual event, which this year is themed "Now is the Time," is at 4 p.m. in Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center, at Connecticut College. It is free and open to the public. The college´s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service Awards are presented annually to staff, faculty and students who uphold the legacy of Dr. King´s work with a commitment to social justice and service to underrepresented communities. Connecticut College has traditionally scheduled campus events commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. after the federal holiday. This ensures students who were off-campus during winter break can attend, and also gives the college an opportunity to more closely integrate the King commemoration with the variety of events planned at the college for February´s Black History Month. The college´s Black History Month events, which are free and open to the public, include: - Feb. 1: Black History Month Convocation, "One Destiny: Reclaiming the Dream," featuring guest speaker Debo P. Adegbile, a 1991 Connecticut College graduate and director of litigation at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Connecticut College senior Bianca Drew and freshman Marline Johnson will also speak at the event, which begins at 7 p.m. in the 1941 Room in the College Center at Crozier-Williams. - Feb. 4: "Their Eyes Were Watching God" book discussion, facilitated by Courtney Baker, assistant professor of English, noon in the Haines Room, Shain Library. - Feb. 9: "Re-imagining the Human," a discussion of the life and work of Audre Lorde, a Caribbean-American writer, poet and activist, 4:30 p.m., Blaustein Humanities Center, Room 210. - Feb. 12: "Invincible, Ignorant and Impatient," a discussion of the legacy of the student-led sit-in movement of the 1960s, facilitated by Kelton Edmonds, assistant professor of history at California University of Pennsylvania, 11:30 a.m., Blaustein Humanities Center, Room 210. - Feb. 18: "Our Town," a screening of this inspiring film, which captures culture clashes in urban ghettos and breaks the silence of stereotypes. The film will be followed by a discussion with Leah Lowe, associate professor of theater, 7 p.m., Cro´s Nest in the College Center at Crozier-Williams. - Feb. 26: "A Taste of History: Soul Food Discourse," featuring food samples and a discussion of the history of soul food, 4 p.m., Unity House, Pepsico Room. About Connecticut College Situated on the coast of southern New England, Connecticut College is a highly selective private liberal arts college with 1900 students from all across the country and throughout the world. On the college´s 750-acre arboretum campus overlooking Long Island Sound, students and faculty create a vibrant social, cultural and intellectual community enriched by diverse perspectives. The college, founded in 1911, is known for its unique combination of interdisciplinary studies, international programs, funded internships, student-faculty research and service learning. For more information, visit -CC-

January 25, 2010