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ND to sponsor events honoring MLK

Special to the Observer | Friday, January 15, 2010

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will officially be observed nationwide Monday, and Notre Dame will present a number of events to mark the occasion.

An ecumenical prayer service will be held Monday at 4 p.m. in the rotunda of the University’s Main Building. University President Fr. John Jenkins and Rev. Hugh R. Page, dean of the First Year of Studies and associate professor of theology and Africana studies, will offer prayers in memory of Dr. King. The Voices of Faith Gospel Choir will provide sacred music for the event, and a reception will follow.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Series, sponsored by Notre Dame’s Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS), also will honor the memory of the nation’s foremost civil rights leader with two events.

A weekend workshop for Notre Dame students, faculty and staff on “Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training” will be held today from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Oak Room of South Dining Hall.

“While the workshop involves a serious time commitment, it provides a great opportunity for understanding and analysis of institutionalized racisms in America, and to provide professional strategies for eliminating them,” Tobias Blake, assistant director of MSPS, said. Blake said MSPS will waive the workshop registration fee for students, faculty and staff who wished to attend.

Interested participants may sign up by contacting Blake at 574-631-8503 or tblake@nd.edu.

Tim Wise, activist and author of four books on racism, including, most recently, “Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama,” will give a lecture Jan. 26 (Tuesday) at 7:30 p.m. in the Carey Auditorium of the Hesburgh Library.

Wise’s lecture, which will draw on his book, is free and open to the public.