Week for Peace Events Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 12, 2011

Kathryn Hobgood Ray
Phone: 504-865-5229

Poet Nikki Giovanni and civil rights icon Ruby Bridges will be featured guests during MLK Week for Peace events in NOLA


Civil rights icon Ruby Bridges and famed poet Nikki Giovanni will be the featured guests during the 25th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Week for Peace sponsored by Tulane, Xavier, Loyola and Dillard Universities from Jan. 17-21. Week for Peace celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through community service, song, dance and unity of the higher education community in New Orleans.

Giovanni will be the keynote speaker at the MLK convocation on Wednesday, Jan. 19. Giovanni is an American poet, writer, commentator, civil rights activist and educator. The author of over 30 books for adults and children, her autobiography Gemini was a finalist for the National Book Award. Giovanni is a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech.

Ruby Bridges Hall, who was six years old in 1960 when she became a symbol of the civil rights movement by integrating the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, will receive a lifetime achievement award at the MLK convocation.

Other Week for Peace events include:

- Monday, Jan. 17, Community Service Day, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., locations around New Orleans. Buses depart Tulane at McAlister and Freret Streets at 7:30 a.m. To register, contact Desirée Anderson at or 504-865-5181.

- Wednesday, Jan. 19, MLK Convocation, 5 p.m., Loyola University, Roussell Hall. A celebration of the life of Dr. King featuring keynote speaker Nikki Giovanni. A lifetime achievement award will be given to Ruby Bridges. An opening reception will be held from 5-5:45 p.m. and convocation begins at 6 p.m.

- Thursday, Jan. 20, Expressions of Unity Talent Showcase, 7 p.m., Dillard University, Cook Auditorium. A celebration of Dr. King’s life through song, drama, dance, music and the spoken word.

- Friday, Jan. 21, Stepping for the Dream, 7 p.m., Tulane University in McAlister Auditorium. A step-off competition between all universities will be judged by school representatives as well as local celebrities. The winning team will have money donated to the charity of their choice.

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Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000