Carleton to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Candlelight Service

Jan 19 2009 7:00 pm
Jan 19 2009 11:00 pm

Mary EasterCarleton College will celebrate its annual observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a candlelight service of remembrance and celebration on Monday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel main sanctuary. The event will feature guest speaker Mary Easter, Rae Schupack Nathan Professor of Dance and the Performing Arts, emerita, as well as musical performances the Northfield Youth Concert Choir and Jamaal Magee ’10 (Chicago). A reception will follow the service. This event is free and open to the public.

Easter, an award-winning dancer and choreographer as well as a poet and writer, will deliver and address entitled “From King to President: A View from Northfield.” In addition to serving as director of Carleton’s African American studies program, she has also presented her dance work both in Minnesota and nationally for over 25 years. She has received a Bush Artist Fellowship in Choreography, a Minnesota Dance Alliance McKnight Fellowship, a Diverse Visions Video award from Intermedia Arts, and a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Artists. Easter received a BA in music and French in 1962 from Sarah Lawrence College and a MA from Goddard College and has studied at the Eastman School of Music.

The event is co-sponsored by the Northfield Human Rights Commission, who will present its 2009 Human Rights Award to Cherif Keita, Carleton professor of French and Francophone studies, as part of the evening’s celebration. A native of Mali, Keita has published books and articles on both social and literary problems in contemporary Africa. He is the creator of the critically-acclaimed documentary film "Oberlin-Inanda: The Life and Times of John L. Dube,” about the life of the first President of the African National Congress of South Africa and his education in the U.S. at the end of the nineteenth century. Keita has a number of concurrent film projects on American missionaries and missionary education in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

For more information, including disability accommodations, contact the Carleton College Chaplain’s office at (507) 222-4003.

Community Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. at Carleton

Sharon Gates-Hull

The theme of Northfield's 15th annual celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is Look Back, but Move Forward.  The candlelight service at Carleton's Skinner Memorial Chapel will be interpreted by Mary Jo Cristofaro, an excellent American Sign Language interpreter.