Dyson takes stage for MLK Convocation Jan. 20; events scheduled Jan. 16-27

Michael Eric Dyson—a best-selling author, scholar and radio host—will headline this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Case Western Reserve University. Dyson will speak at the free, public convocation Friday, Jan. 20, at 12:30 p.m. in Amasa Stone Chapel.

The acclaimed University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University is a two-time recipient of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Nonfiction. He’s also Ebony magazine’s pick as one of the most powerful African Americans, a recipient of the American Book Award and the author of two New York Times bestsellers. Additionally, his work has been featured among Newsweek’s A Life in Books.

During Dyson’s campus talk, he will draw from his 16 books, including April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Death and How it Changed America, which celebrates the civil rights leader’s legacy.

In addition, Case Western Reserve will honor King with a number of planned events on campus around the theme “MLK: Honoring his legacy in a new era”:

Monday, Jan. 16
MLK Day Student Symposium
Thwing Center Ballroom
12-4 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 18
Diversity at Home—Dr. King’s Dream in the 21st Century
School of Law Moot Court Room
4-5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 19
African American History Celebration
Thwing Atrium
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Screening: My So-Called Enemy
Strosacker Auditorium
7 – 9 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 21
Financial Literacy and MLK Celebration
East Cleveland Library
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 22
Financial Literacy and MLK Celebration
East Cleveland Library
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

A Day of Service: Homeless Stand Down
Masonic Auditorium
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 25
Racial Preferencing in 2012
Thwing Ballroom
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 26
Food for the Soul
Thwing Center Atrium
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Minority Writers Panel
Guilford Parlor
4-5:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 27
Spring Community Service Fair and We are the Legacy: Students Serving Together
Thwing Ballroom and 1914 Lounge
12:30 -2 p.m.

For event updates, visit case.edu/events/mlk/about/events.html.

This series has been underwritten with generous support from Student Affairs and University Programs and Events with additional funding from the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence and Kaiser Permanente.

Events have been organized by the African American Society, Bon Appetit, Boulevard Elementary School (Shaker Heights Schools), CWRU School of Law Black Law Students Association, CWRU School of Law Center for Social Justice, CWRU School of Law Student Bar Association, the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning, Cleveland Hillel Foundation, the Department of English, the Interfraternity Congress/Panhellenic Council, the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Office of the President, the Office of Student Activities and Leadership, the Office of Student Affairs, Share the Vision, the Student Bar Association Diversity Committee and Young Americans for Liberty.