January 15, 1997

Tributes to Martin Luther King Jr. planned by Wayne State

A host of activities are planned at Wayne State University in celebration of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. Purlie Victorious by playwright Ossie Davis will be performed at the Bonstelle Theatre Jan. 17-19 and Jan. 24-26. A special matinee performance will be given Jan. 21. Times vary. Tickets cost $7.50 - $9.50. For more information call (313) 577-2960. Ronald Walters, professor of Afro-American studies, government and politics and senior fellow at the Center for Political Leadership at the University of Maryland, will be the keynote speaker at a luncheon at noon Monday, Jan. 20. The event will be held in WSU's Community Arts Gallery. Tickets cost $20. His speech will be televised free at 1 p.m. in the Community Arts Auditorium. Walters is the author of more than 60 articles and books. One book, Black Presidential Politics in America, won the Ralph Bunche Prize given by the American Political Science Association and the Best Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. His most recent book, Pan Africanism in the African Diaspora, won the Best Book Award as well. For details on the luncheon, call community relations at (313) 577-2246. The exhibit MLK: From His Dreams to a Glimmer of Reality will be on display in the Walter P. Reuther Library of Urban and Labor Affairs from Jan. 20-Feb. 28. Exhibition hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays. A free concert featuring the work of African-American composers is slated for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in the Community Arts Gallery. In addition, students will participate in Project Volunteer, coordinated by Kim Martin of Student Center and Program Activities. They will perform various tasks throughout the city ranging from helping the elderly to reading to young children. Student-planned activities range from a gospel/dance-fest to discussions on "Nonviolence vs. By "Any Means Necessary" and "A Dream or Nightmare." For more details on student activities, contact (313) 577-2246.

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