Students organize MLK events

January 15, 2014 11:00 AM

Alicia Duplessis Jasmin

On Sept. 25, 1957, nine African American teenagers risked their lives to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. Those students, known today as the “Little Rock Nine,” included Minnijean Brown-Trickey, who will be in New Orleans on Saturday (Jan. 18) to deliver the keynote address at the 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week for Peace convocation.

Minnijean Brown-Trickey

Minnijean Brown-Trickey, one of the "Little Rock Nine," will discuss her experiences during the annual MLK Week for Peace hosted by Tulane, Xavier, Dillard and Loyola universities. (Photo from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma)

The four-day celebration runs Friday (Jan. 17) through Monday (Jan. 20) and is hosted collaboratively through four institutions including Tulane University. In addition to Brown-Tricky's address at the convocation, a lifetime achievement award will be awarded to actor and New Orleans native Wendell Pierce.

“Loyola is spearheading the celebration this year, but it is really a combined effort of Loyola, Dillard, Tulane and Xavier universities,” says Robert Reed, assistant vice president for student affairs at Loyola and chair of the 2014 MLK committee. “The event series is a way for college students and the New Orleans community to keep King’s dream alive more than 50 years after he made that famous speech.”

The week’s events include:

• A step team competition on Friday (Jan. 17) at 7 p.m. at McAlister Auditorium on the Tulane campus.

• The MLK convocation and symposium on Saturday (Jan. 18) at 10 a.m. in Loyola’s Danna Student Center St. Charles Room.

• An interfaith service to commemorate King’s legacy on Sunday (Jan. 19) at 6 p.m. at Dillard’s Lawless Chapel.

• A day of service on Monday (Jan. 20) at selected sites around New Orleans. Registration is required.

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