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UT Arlington remembers the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. through 'Sharing the Dream' Awards Banquet, Muhammad lecture and other events

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

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Media Contact: Bridget Lewis, Office:817-272-3317, Cell:214-577-9094, blewis@uta.edu

News Topics: Arlington, awards, lectures, volunteer

Several events are planned this month at The University of Texas at Arlington to remember the contributions of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

Events honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. will take place Jan. 18-21 at UT Arlington.

Events honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. will take place Jan. 18-21 at UT Arlington.

The University co-hosts the annual “Sharing the Dream” awards and scholarship banquet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, in the E.H. Hereford University Center’s Bluebonnet Ballroom, 300 W. First St.

This year’s theme, “Speak Out. Be Heard. Change the World,” features unique perspectives from three community voices including W. Marvin Dulaney, associate professor and chairman of the UT Arlington Department of History; Marc Marchand, library services manager at the Arlington Public Library; Anthony Douglas, poet and co-founder of the Fort Worth National Poetry Slams; and Tillie Burgin, executive director of Mission Arlington.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. also is a host of the awards banquet. Tickets are $40 and may be purchased at www.utatickets.com.

Poetry enthusiasts will enjoy “An Evening of Spoken Word Slam Poetry,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, also at UT Arlington’s Bluebonnet Ballroom. Admission is $15. Tickets may be purchased at www.utatickets.com.

Students, faculty, staff and others are invited to participate in the MLK Day of Service Monday, Jan. 21. More than 3,000 volunteers are needed. Visit www.ArlingtonMLK.com to learn about volunteer opportunities. The day of service will begin with a breakfast and economic opportunity fair for military veterans and their families at the UT Arlington Maverick Activities Center, 500 W. Nedderman Drive. 

A campus map is available at www.uta.edu/maps.

Muhammad discusses importance of confronting racial ills

Khalil Muhammad

Khalil Muhammad

Khalil Muhammad, director of New York’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, will deliver the message “What Would Dr. King Do?” at noon Friday, Jan. 18, in Room 108 of University Hall, 601 S. Nedderman Dr.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Following the speech, Muhammad will sign copies of his new book, The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America. The book explores how notions of black criminality were crucial to the creation of modern urban centers.

Muhammad is the great-grandson of Elijah Muhammad, founder of the Nation of Islam and son of Ozier Muhammad, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer for The New York Times. His visit is co-sponsored by Mothers Against Teen Violence.

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 33,200 students and more than 2,200 faculty members in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.

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