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2013 MLK Week

UDM Celebrates Martin Luther King's Birthday
January 21-24, 2013

2013 MLK Day of ServiceMonday, January 21, 2013 - MLK Day of Service

Thursday, January 24, 2013


Roy E. Finkenbine - "Searching for Jordan Anderson: A Personal Journey into Race and Slavery in America."

Roy Finkenbine

Monday, January 21, 7 p.m.
Ann Arbor District Library
343 S. 5th Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI

"The talk is entitled "Searching for Jordan Anderson: A Personal Journey into Race and Slavery in America." It's the subject of my current book project, which was profiled in an Associated Press story last July (for the story, see http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-07-14/slave-letter/56221630/1). It's a study of emancipation and the search for citizenship and respectability in microcosm, through the story of one ex-slave family, whose post-slavery friends included prominent banker Valentine Winters (the great-grandfather of comedian Jonathan Winters), African American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, and the Wright Brothers. It's also a story of the ex-slave community's claims to reparations for slavery and how a document by Jordan Anderson helped bring international attention to that claim.

In addition, I'll share my own range of experiences in researching the study, ranging from attending a Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting in rural Tennessee the same night President Obama accepted the Democratic nomination in 2008 to the search for and visits with living descendants of Jordan Anderson and the many family stories that they shared." Roy E. Finkenbine


“Living the Dream"

2nd Annual UDM Diversity Forum Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Diversity FOrumThursday, January 24, 5-7 p.m.
Student Center, Fountain Lounge

This year’s forum will be a very informal discussion about diversity of all kinds (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexuality, age, ability, culture, nationality, language etc.) at our university and about the enduring impact of the Civil Rights Movement in relationship to our 21st Century lives and challenges. The hope is that this informal discussion will be a way for us to start envisioning a more formal diversity-themed event and/or initiative later in the semester or in the fall. Refreshments will be served.

Sponsors: UDM African American Studies Program and the Office of Student Life
Contact: Dionne Bennett – Dionne.Bennett@udmercy.edu