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Release: Jan. 11, 2000

Human Rights Week activities set for Jan. 16 - 23

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa will celebrate Jan. 16-23 as Human Rights Week 2000, a weeklong human rights celebration that commences on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Organizers and participating groups say the week also promotes social change.

King's birthday, a national holiday observed this year on Jan. 17, has been recognized at the UI since 1968. Beginning in 1993, the UI expanded its observance to include a week of activities, most of which are free and open to the public. Event organizers have selected King's 'oft heard expression "It's Always the Right Time to do the Right Thing," as this year's theme.

Human Rights Week 2000 is coordinated by the UI Office of Student Life, and by numerous UI departments, which sponsor events to promote awareness of issues ranging from diversity to social change. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in any Human Rights Week program, please contact the Office of Student Life in advance at 335-3059.

Wednesday, Jan. 12

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., the annual Staff Council Martin Luther King, Jr. Kickoff Celebration. Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratories, Room 104, (located north of the Iowa Memorial Union). Traevena Potter-Hall, director, Iowa Commission on the Status of African Americans, will deliver a keynote speech.

Sunday, Jan. 16

7 p.m., Inter-religious Celebration of the Life and Work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Old Brick Church, 26 East Market Street, Iowa City.

7:30 p.m., "American History X" (movie). IMU, Illinois Room,

Monday, Jan. 17

7 p.m., Convocation keynote address delivered by James Hicks, UI Facilities and Services Group, IMU Ballroom, Second Floor.

Online: PowerPoint slide show in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Accessible online Jan. 17-23 at

Tuesday, Jan. 18

6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., "Being Black in a Predominately White University," discussion presented at the IMU Michigan Room (Third Floor) by Emmanuel Enekwichi, UI psychologist.

Wednesday, Jan. 19

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Film and Discussion: "Eyes on the Prize." Celebrate Martin Luther King's accomplishments as captured in the award-winning documentary series that traces King's life. Nursing Building, Room 133.

4 p.m. – 5 p.m., Achievement Award presentation and reception, IMU, South Room. The award is given by the UI Council on Disability Awareness and is presented to a person or group who has provided extensive support to persons with disabilities.

7 p.m. – 10 p.m., "Out of the Past," (movie), IMU Iowa Room (Third Floor). A video that focuses on the struggles of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Includes group discussion.

Thursday, Jan. 20

9 a.m. - 5 p.m., "Do the Right Thing, Get out and Vote," voter registration drive, IMU Landmark Lobby, Ground Floor.

Noon – 1:30 p.m., IMU Miller Room, "The Terrible Transformation 1450–1750," a video showing the Middle Passage, the transportation of more than 20 million Africans, captured into slavery and brought to the New World. The video reveals through interviews and little-known facts the beginnings of indentured servitude in Europe and its emergence in the New World.

4:30 p.m., Burns Weston, UI college of law professor and human rights scholar will address the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's intervention in Kosovo and events in East Timor, Boyd Law Building.

7:30 p.m., Social activist and music rapper Chuck D delivers the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture, IMU Main Lounge.

Friday, Jan. 21

9 a.m. – noon, Safe Zone Project: Creating Allies in Support of the LGBT Community. A workshop offered to UI staff and faculty interested in helping create an accepting campus community for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students. IMU, Miller Room (Second Floor).

9 a.m. – 5 p.m., "Do the Right Thing, Get out and Vote," voter registration drive continues, IMU Landmark Lobby, Ground Floor.

Noon – 5 p.m., Diversity Research Fair. Traevena Potter-Hall, will speak about her experiences as a woman of color in Iowa and will discuss her appointed position as director of the Iowa Commission on the Status of African Americans. A discussion will follow and will begin at 2:30 p.m., Jones Commons (Third Floor, Room N300) Lindquist Center, College of Education.

Saturday, Jan. 22

7 p.m., Crisis Center volunteer information meeting for potential volunteers for the Food Bank and the Crisis Center. Held at the Crisis Center, 1121 Gilbert Court, Iowa City.

8 p.m., "Monk on Monk," A concert dedicated to the music of Thelonious Monk played by his son, T.S. Monk and his band, Hancher Auditorium. Contact Hancher Auditorium for ticket information.