January 08, 2009

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Beverly Guy-Sheftall will give the keynote talk, "Women in the Civil Rights Movement, Including the Progressive Politics of Coretta Scott King," on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Bucknell University.

The talk is part of Bucknell's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration "Beloved" dinner, which begins at 6 p.m. in the Terrace Room of the Elaine Langone Center.

Dinner tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 7-12, available in the Elaine Langone Center ground-floor mall beginning Jan. 12, or via e-mail at MSS@bucknell.edu.

Beverly Guy-SheftallCooper Professor of Women's Studies at Spelman College, Guy-Sheftall also is the founding director of the Women's Research and Resource Center at Spelman. The Center, founded in 1981, is the first women's research center at a historically black college. It has facilitated faculty and student leadership development, created new courses that address issues of gender and race, and hosted numerous conferences exploring the lives of African and African-descended women.

She is a co-editor of two seminal books on black women's literature: Sturdy Black Bridges: Visions of Black Women in Literature and Words of Fire: An Anthology of African American Feminist Thought. Her most recent book is Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women's Equality in African American Communities.

King's Beloved Community
The Beloved Community is a term used by Dr. King to describe a global vision in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth, with racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood.

"The Beloved Dinner is always a special event that brings together many people from different backgrounds," said Jessica Hess, director of the Office of Multicultural Student Services at Bucknell.

"I hope that our friends and neighbors in the greater community will attend this event as we are all a part of what Dr. King would have envisioned in 'The Beloved Community, '" she said.

MLK Community Service week
The keynote talk, which is part of the University's celebration of 125 years of co-education, is held in conjunction with Bucknell's MLK Community Service Week. Beginning Jan. 18, more than 200 Bucknell University students, faculty and staff will assist with community services projects ranging from after-school tutoring at Milton Middle School to playing board games and planting tulip bulbs with residents of the Riverwoods community in Lewisburg.

Other events during MLK Community Service Week will include an Afro-Semitic Jazz Experience Ensemble performance at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 in Bucknell Hall, open to the public without charge; a community service fair from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 in the Terrace Room of the Elaine Langone Center; and a closing ceremony on Jan. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Larison Dining Hall. The event will include a performance by the Blue Sky Mission Club band.

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