Boston University Celebration to Honor Legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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(Boston, Mass.) – On the 75th anniversary of the birth of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Boston University will celebrate its 19th annual commemoration of the life and legacy of its most distinguished alumnus Monday, January 19, 2004.
The theme of this year’s King Day program is “Re-engaging the Great Divide: Education and Hope.” The program will commemorate the educational journey of Dr. King through readings that were influential to his belief that equality of educational opportunity is crucial to achieving one’s full potential. “We cannot have an enlightened democracy with one group living in ignorance,” said Dr. King in a speech he delivered during his junior year at Atlanta’s Booker T. Washington High School entitled “The Negro and the Constitution.”
The Honorable Roderick L. Ireland, associate justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, will deliver the keynote address. Appointed by Governor William F. Weld in 1997, Justice Ireland is the first African-American to sit on the Supreme Judicial Court. Previously, he served several years as an associate justice of the Appeals Court and nearly 13 years as an associate justice of the Boston Juvenile Court, both appointments made by Governor Michael S. Dukakis.
The 90-minute King Day program begins at 1 p.m. and will offer musical selections, dramatic readings and presentations reflecting the educational journey of Dr. King. Justice Ireland’s address will begin at approximately 1:15 p.m., and he will speak for about 15 to 20 minutes. Musical performances will include the Seminary Singers of the University’s School of Theology, the University’s Inner Strength Gospel Choir, and soloist Dr. Zelotes Edmund Toliver, an associate professor at BU’s College of Fine Arts.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the Office of the Dean of Students at 617/353-4126.
EVENT: Re-engaging The Great Divide: Education and Hope
The Honorable Roderick L. Ireland
Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
DATE: Monday, January 19, 2004
TIME: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
PLACE: Metcalf Hall
George Sherman Union, second floor
775 Commonwealth Avenue