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Series of events planned for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan 08, 2004

OLIVET, Mich.Olivet College students, faculty and staff will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a series of events Monday, Jan. 19.

Activities include a bell ringing ceremony in the college Square at 9:30 a.m., a student discussion titled, Happy James Earl Day: Is this how we pay homage to Dr. King? in Klock Commons at 10 a.m., and a luncheon featuring Robert Green, Ph.D., dean and professor emeritus of urban affairs at Michigan State University, at 11 a.m. in the Oaks Dining Room.

The day will conclude with a presentation from Badrinath Rao, Ph.D., titled, Satyagraha: From Ghandi to King, the non-violent pursuit of social justice, at 1:30 p.m. in the colleges Mott Auditorium.

Green was a close friend of King and worked as education director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference from 1965 to 1967. He is a nationally known scholar on urban issues, specifically the impact of race, education and employment on individuals and communities.

Rao, an assistant professor of sociology and Asian studies at Kettering University in Flint, will discuss Gandhis approach to politics and social justice and his influence on King.

Rao earned a masters in English literature from Bangalore University in Bangalore, India, a masters in sociology from Queens University in Ontario, Canada, and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. His areas of interest include culture and society, ethnic and minority relations, human rights, and minority rights and multiculturalism in India.


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