January 17, 2012 5:41 AM
A packed schedule of events commemorating the 26th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week for Peace is under way, and the Insider has the details on how to get involved. From group discussions to entertainment to community service opportunities, there’s something for everyone.
Be serious. Be thankful. Be entertained. Be a helping hand.
Be serious … about education.
During Thursday (Jan. 19) evening’s convocation, CNN education contributor and Push Has Come to Shove author Steve Perry will deliver the keynote address. Perry is the founder of Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Conn., and is an advocate for improving America’s schools. The convocation begins at 6:30 p.m. at Xavier University with a welcoming reception beginning at 5:30. Get the details.
Be thankful … for trailblazers.
At Thursday’s convocation, jazz pianist and music professor Ellis Marsalis Jr. will be honored with the MLK Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award. “We are honoring Ellis for his legacy and the impact he’s had on the lives of young people in New Orleans,” says Carolyn Barber-Pierre, assistant vice president of student affairs at Tulane and member of the MLK Week for Peace planning committee. Get the details.
Be entertained … by live talent.
Friday’s (Jan. 20) Expression of Unity, Step Off for the Dream features song, drama, dance, music, spoken word and of course — stepping! The fun begins at 7 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium. Get the details.
Be a helping hand … to the community.
Events conclude on Saturday (Jan. 21) with the MLK Day of Service. Individuals can register online and utilize bus transportation to each service location from Tulane Law School on Freret Street at 7:30 a.m. Buses will depart from service locations at 5:30 p.m. Get the details.
Leaders at Tulane, Xavier, Dillard and Loyola universities, also known as “The Dream Team,” jointly plan the MLK Week for Peace.
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