On Monday, Jan. 21, the day before classes begin in the spring 2008 semester, a series of events will take place at Temple's Main Campus in Philadelphia.
Activities begin at 11 a.m. in Ritter Hall’s Kiva Auditorium with a brief introduction and a multimedia presentation about King's life. Participants will receive complimentary refreshments and Martin Luther King Day of Service T-shirts.
The presentation will be followed by a screening of an excerpt from the film "Martin Luther King Jr.: 'I Have a Dream.'" After the film, Temple experts in the fields of diversity, inclusion and improvisational theater will lead staff, faculty, students and community members in discussions about topics related to King's legacy as well as some of today's most challenging social issues.
The Kiva Auditorium session will conclude with opportunities for Temple staff, faculty and students to serve as volunteer mentors to local youths participating in the Achieving Independence program, an effort run by Temple's School of Social Administration to assist young people who are aging out of the foster care system.
At 4 p.m., the celebration will move to Temple's Student Center, room 200, where a multimedia candlelight memorial service will be held. President Hart, Temple Trustee Judge Theodore A. McKee, Temple University Black Alumni Alliance President Tim Reese, Temple theater faculty member Charles Dumas and religion and women's studies faculty member Rebecca T. Alpert will share their reflections about King.