Campus Events to Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Story posted January 16, 2008

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Dr. Martin Luther King, during a 1964 visit to Bowdoin College.

A variety of events commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day will take place on the Bowdoin College campus Monday, January 21, 2008.

The Bowdoin College Library's annual "Children's Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr." will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union.

Children's book authors Charlotte Agell (Dancing Feet, I Wear Long Green Hair in the Summer) and Rohan Henry (The Perfect Gift) will be on hand for "illustrated storytelling," singing, and crafts in remembrance of Dr. King.

The program is geared toward kids ages five and up, and is open to the public. Admission is free.

Refreshments will be served, and copies of Rohan Henry's book The Perfect Gift and selected titles by Charlotte Agell will be available for purchase.

A campus-wide celebration of Dr. King will be held at noon in Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium.

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Prof. Patrick Rael

Associate Professor of History Patrick Rael will give a keynote address titled "Reel Memories: Film and Popular History of the Civil Rights Movement." Prof. Rael, a specialist in African American history, is the author of Black Identity and Black Protest in the Antebellum North (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2002), which earned honorable mention for the Frederick Douglass Prize from the Gilder Lerhman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition.

Music will be provided by Miscellania.

The celebration is open to the public. Admission is free.

The six-part video series Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years will be played throughout the day in Morrell Lounge, David Saul Smith Union. All are invited to stop by anytime between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to watch, reflect, and remember Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement.

In related news, the public is invited to listen online to Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1964 speech at Bowdoin College through the end of February. The audio may also be listened to at anytime during the year by visiting the Bowdoin Library's George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives.

Story originally posted 1-10-08.

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