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Penn State York Plans Events to Remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

1/21/2008 —

Penn State York will remember the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with a variety of events throughout the month of January beginning  Monday, Jan. 21 with a Day of Service at the Crispus Attucks Association in York.  Members of the Penn State York campus community will serve breakfast at the facility.   Also on Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. – noon, a Martin Luther King Round Table will take place featuring LaMarr Shields, a motivational speaker with the Urban Leadership Institute. Topics of discussion include From the Classroom to the Boardroom, Violence Prevention Initiatives, and Understanding the Music. This program is sponsored by YWCA's Quantum Opportunities Program and Penn State York.

The week of celebration continues on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at noon when Shindana Cooper, storyteller, visits the campus.  Cooper perpetuates the African oral tradition. She takes her audience from an African village to the Middle Passage and from the plantation to a safe house on the Underground Railroad. Cooper will bring to life Sojourner Truth, Mary McLeod Bethune, and the frightened women who walked with Harriet Tubman.  This program is set for noon in the Conference Center at the campus.

Two events are planned for Jan. 24, Incognitio, a play, and a presentation on Pennsylvania’s Underground Railroads.  What would you do if you discovered you really aren’t the person you thought you were?  Incognito by Michael Fosberg comes to the   Pullo Family Performing Arts Center at noon.  This one-man play about racial identity features Fosberg’s wjo reenacts how it felt growing up thinking he was white only to learn that he was black. In this funny, emotional play the audience will be forced to evaluate race, ethnicity, and how they define themselves.  At 6 p.m., Lenwood Sloan will discuss Pennsylvania’s  Underground Railroads in the Community Room of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center.  Sloan is the director of Pennsylvania Past Players, a living history program that brings historical events to life. He will offer a multimedia presentation and discussion covering Pennsylvania’s response to the Underground Railroad – flight, resistance, social change, and self reliance.  Sloan’s background in choreography and history make this an exceptionally educational and entertaining presentation for all ages. 

Finally to complete the week of remembering King, Penn State York students, faculty and staff will again collect peanut butter and jelly (PB&J) for York’s Salvation Army after school program which serves more than 200 students.  Donation boxes will be located throughout the campus during this special two-week PB&J blitz in January.

All events are free and open to the public.   For more information call (717) 771-4128.

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