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Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

FREDERICK, Md.—A full day of events will honor and celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at Hood College Jan. 18.

Majora Carter and Sonia Sanchez will headline the day as the featured speakers. There will also be several documentaries shown about the Civil Rights Movement throughout the afternoon.

Carter is an urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. She is responsible for the creation and successful implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies and job training and placement systems. Carter has continually set new standards of excellence with projects in her South Bronx community, while expanding her reach through philanthropic pursuits and business interests that have all pointed toward greater self-esteem and economic potential for low-income people everywhere.

Her long list of awards and honorary degrees includes accolades from groups as diverse as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, John Podesta’s Center for American Progress, Goldman Sachs and a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. Her 2006 TED talk was one of the first six videos to launch their groundbreaking website. Carter is a board member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Andrew Goodman Foundation.

Her talk, “Department of Home(town) Security,” is sponsored by the Hanson Lecture Series and will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall.

Sanchez is a poet, playwright and activist who was one of the most important writers of the Black Arts Movement. She is a national and international lecturer on Black culture and literature, women’s liberation, peace and racial justice. She has lectured at more than 500 universities and colleges in the United States and has traveled extensively, reading her poetry in Africa, Cuba, England, the Caribbean, Australia, Europe, Nicaragua, the People’s Republic of China, Norway and Canada.

Her lecture, “Push-ups for Peace: Remembering Brother Martin,” is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, and it will begin at 7 p.m. in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall. She will hold a book signing following the talk.

Among the many honors she has received are the Robert Creeley Award, the Frost Medal, the Community Service Award from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, the Lucretia Mott Award, the Outstanding Arts Award from the Pennsylvania Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Peace and Freedom Award from Women International League for Peace and Freedom, the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Humanities, a National Endowment for the Arts Award and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.

From noon to 5 p.m., documentaries on the Civil Rights Movement will include “The Children’s March,” “Viva La Cause,” “Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot,” and “A Time for Justice: America’s Civil Rights Movement,” all of which will be screened in Rosenstock, Room 101.

There will also be a “Write for Rights” campaign, co-sponsored by Rev. Beth O’Malley and Amnesty International in the Whitaker Campus Center Commons from noon to 5 p.m. Letter writing materials, bios and all needed information will be provided. This is an annual campaign led by Amnesty International to support prisoners of conscience around the world. Each year AI selects a number of prisoners to support. This year there are 12 from around the world, including locations in Burkino Faso, El Salvador, Malaysia, the U.S. and Greece. This campaign is a global effort involving hundreds of thousands of people writing letters and sending them to government officials. So far, people have written 75,000 letters for the global campaign, and the goal is 90,736.

The events are free and open to the public. For further information, contact Hoda Zaki, professor of political science and co-director of the African-American studies program, at 301-696-3697 or hzaki@hood.edu.