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NEW: Harry Belafonte To Deliver MLK Address at RISD Jan. 29

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

 

Mr. Harry Belafonte will arrive in Rhode Island to speak at RISD on Tuesday for Martin Luther King Day.

Rhode Island School of Design has announced Mr. Harry Belafonte will be delivering the keynote address for this year’s MLK celebration series at RISD. He will be speaking on the role of “artist as activist” while reflecting upon his life and long history as both an incredibly successful singer and actor and highly influential political, humanitarian, and civil rights activist. The keynote takes place on Tuesday, January 29 at 7pm in the RISD Auditorium. 

Harry Belafonte

Mr. Harry Belafonte will be delivering the keynote address for this year’s MLK celebration series. He will be speaking on the role of “artist as activist” while reflecting upon his life and long history as both an incredibly successful singer and actor and highly influential political, humanitarian, and civil rights activist. Among other things, the 85 year old Belafonte personally funded many of the activities of the early civil rights movement, stood with Dr. King at the Lincoln Memorial as the latter delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech, served as a UNICEF ambassador, and has remained active in many different programs supporting hunger relief, AIDS awareness, and the need for education. Never afraid to express his opinion, he has drawn both fire and admiration for his outspoken political views. We look forward to bringing this extraordinary individual to spend time with our community.

2013 MLK Series Keynote Address – Harry Belafonte
“Artist as Activist”
Tuesday January 29, 2013
7pm; RISD Auditorium
Free Ticket with RISD ID starts January 16 - Carr House front desk
Any remaining tickets will be available to all (including the general public after January 23)
events.risd.edu/event/2013_mlk_serie...onte_artist_as_activist#.UO3l-280V8E

MLK Series at RISD

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Series is produced by the Rhode Island School of Design to acknowledge the life and vast contributions of Dr. King toward creating a more just and democratic society. Held annually in January, the MLK Series includes programs, events, and workshops designed to provide the RISD and local community with impactful moments of service, reflection, skill development, inspiration, and celebration.

MLK Opening Celebration – Community Dinner

Saturday January 19, 2013
5-8pm; Portfolio Café
RISD serves this community meal promoting dialogue, reflection, and peace.
$8.95 a person (or student meal money) and open to the public
Contact Intercultural Student Engagement for Details - 401-277-4957 or ISE@risd.edu
events.risd.edu/event/mlk_opening_celebration_dinner#.UO3ldG80V8E

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MLK Opening Celebration - “Spirit of a King” Gospel Concert
Saturday January 19, 2013
6:30 – 8pm; Fleet Library
Join the celebration, feel the spirit, embrace the joy!
Featuring award-winning poet, Sarah Johnson, and
Community Gospel Choir, Prism of Praise. Free and open to the public.
Contact Intercultural Student Engagement for Details - 401-277-4957 or ISE@risd.edu
events.risd.edu/event/mlk_opening_ce...f_a_king_gospel_concert#.UO7A5280V8E
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Film Screening – Sing Your Song
Sunday January 20, 2013
7pm; Metcalf Auditorium – Chace Center
Sing Your Song is an up close look at one of the truly heroic
cultural and political figures of the past 60 years. It takes
us on a journey through Harry Belafonte’s life, work and
most of all, his conscience, as it inspires us all to action!
Free and open to the public.
Contact the Center for Student Involvement for details - 401-709-6602 or CSI@risd.edu
events.risd.edu/event/film_screening_sing_your_song#.UO3lrm80V8E

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Monday January 21, 2013
8:30am-2:30pm; MLK Elementary School – Providence, R.I.
RISD and the Mt Hope Learning Center partner to celebrate
the life and teachings of Dr. King. Join us as we inspire kids
to reach their full potential by engaging them in arts, crafts,
and special activities. To participate contact Community Service by emailing
CommunityService@risd.edu or dial 401-709-8459
events.risd.edu/event/mlk_day_of_service_6664#.UO3m7m80V8E

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Change Through Non-Violence Workshop
Thursday January 24, 2013
6-8:30pm; RISD Tap Room
Learn principles and strategies for nonviolent conflict
reconciliation based on the philosophy of Dr. King. Facilitated
by Paul Bueno de Mesquita, Center for Nonviolence
and Peace Studies, University of RI.
Contact Intercultural Student Engagement for Details - 401-277-4957 or ISE@risd.edu
events.risd.edu/event/change_through_non-violence_workshop#.UO3l5G80V8E


The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Lecture serves as the hallmark the MLK Series. The lecture aims to highlight the role of creative endeavor in advancing democracy and equity. Through this annual lecture, RISD acknowledges an individual whose legacy of service and commitment to justice has made an indelible difference. The keynote lecturer is selected, in part, because of her / his consistent demonstration and skillful employment of Kingian values as a model of change.

The 2013 MLK Celebration is a collaborative coordination between Intercultural Student Engagement, the Center for Student Involvement, Residence Life, and Community Service. It is sponsored by wide spread financial and in-kind support across the RISD campus community.

 

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