Film, lecture to observe King holiday

January 18, 2004

McDaniel College will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a film and lecture tomorrow.

The film, Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, will be shown at 3 p.m. in Lewis Recitation Hall's Decker Auditorium. One of the first "freedom riders," Rustin was an adviser to King and A. Philip Randolph, organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, but was denied his place in the limelight because he was openly gay.

Human relations expert Jaiya John, founder and executive director of Soul Water Rising, an educational mission devoted to improving human relations, combating prejudice and fostering spiritual growth, will speak at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The lecture will include a candle-lighting ceremony.

A professional speaker, poet, author and youth mentor, John has appeared on television and radio. He is also a creative writing coach and an editor, and a foster/adoptive family consultant, who published an award-winning memoir, Black Baby White Hands: A View from the Crib, in 2002.

A former professor of social psychology at Howard University, John has served as associate director of the National Center on Permanency for African American Children.

Before the lecture, a reception for John will be held at 5 p.m. in McDaniel Lounge.

Information: 410-857-2791.

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