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URI to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Week - January 26 through January 30

Media Contact: Jan Wenzel, 874-2116

KINGSTON, R.I. -- January 14, 2004 -- The University of Rhode Island is honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a series of events from Jan. 26 through Jan. 30. The series sponsors include URIís Multicultural Center, Office of the Chaplains, Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, Office of Health Services, URI NAACP, African and African-American Studies Program, and Great Performances series.

Since 1986, URI has observed the anniversary through lectures, discussions, videos, musical performances and other activities. While the official holiday is commemorated on the third Monday of January, URIís celebration customarily takes place on the fourth Monday to ensure maximum participation. The following events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted:

Monday, January 26:
FILM: A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict
Part 1, We Were Warriors. One of a series of six documentaries describing the use of nonviolence and nonviolent social movements in altering power relationships, in transforming governance, and improving the quality of life for previously excluded populations among societies around the world. We Were Warriors discusses the campaign to desegregate the downtown Nashville business district during 1960 - an initiative regarded by King as a model for the civil rights movement. Bernard Lafayette Jr. who is now a distinguished scholar-in-residence and director of the URI Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies took part in the campaign and is interviewed in the film. After the screening, Lafayette will be available for questions-and-answers.
When: 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Where: URI Multicultural Center, Hardge Forum

PERFORMANCE: Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
Born in Taiwan, choreographer Nai-Ni Chen melds American modern dance with the stoic discipline of Chinese classical arts. The dance companyís uniquely mesmerizing style brings audiences into a space beyond cultural boundaries.
When: 8 p.m.
Where: URI Fine Arts Will Theatre.

The performance is part of the URI Great Performance Series. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 URI faculty and staff and seniors, and $5 students and children.

Tuesday, January 27
UNITY LUNCHEON: Keynote addresses by Victor Nussbaum, director URI Hillel Foundation and Nasser Zawia, associate professor biomedical sciences. To attend the luncheon, please contact Mailee Kue at or call 874-5829.
When: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Where: URI Multicultural Center, Hardge Forum

When: 5 p.m.
Where: URI Multicultural Center, Hardge Forum

Wednesday, January 28
FILM: The Road to Brown
The film examines the emergence of the system of segregation between whites and blacks in the United States during the 19th century; the erosion of black citizenship rights by the passage of "Jim Crow" legislation and the validation of the "separate but equal" doctrine by the U. S. Supreme Court in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896). These prepared the way for the brilliant legal counteroffensive launched during the 20th century by the NAACP and culminating in the landmark Brown v. Topeka (KN) Board of Education decision (1954), reopening the path toward open education and civil rights for millions of systematically excluded Americans.
When: 4 to 6 p.m.
Where: URI Multicultural Center, Hardge Forum.

Thursday, January 29
Who: The URI Cognitive Dissidents, URIís Steven Wood, chair Communications Studies Department, Steven Myles of the Counseling Center and Paul DeMesquita of the Psychology Department.
When: Noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Memorial Union, Main Lounge, across from Information Desk.

Who: Linda Palazzo, URI Parking Services
When: 4 to 6 p.m.
Where: Multicultural Center Hardge Forum

Friday, January 30
Facilitated by Dr. Celina Pereira and Laurie Johnson from URIís Health Services.
When: Noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Multicultural Center, Hardge Forum.