Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racism writers and activists in the U.S. He has taught teachers, business leaders and medical professionals how to dismantle racism in their institutions and is the author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. His latest book, Between Barack & a Hard Place: Racism & White Denial in the Age of Obama, is about the election of President Obama and the way Americans look at race.
“Wise is a phenomenal speaker and writer with the extraordinary gift of empowering others,” said Kevin Huie, director of the Cross-Cultural Center, which is planning the event. “His message will undoubtedly remind us why it’s so important to recognize and celebrate Dr. King’s work.”
Crystal Cove Auditorium, UCI Student Center (bldg. 113, grid E8 on campus map)
Monday, Jan. 18, 9-11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, people across the country will honor King’s legacy of tolerance, peace and equality by volunteering, making the holiday a “day on” rather than a “day off.” At UCI, service projects include assembling food boxes for the hungry at the Community Action Partnership’s food warehouse in Garden Grove. Transportation will be provided for those who sign up in advance. Contact the Center for Service in Action at 949-824-3500 or www.volunteer.uci.edu.
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 6 p.m.: “Eyes on the Prize,” a documentary about King and other civil rights figures who led boycotts to desegregate city buses, will be screened in the Arroyo Vista student housing community.
Thursday, Jan. 21, 11:45 a.m.: The annual Martin Luther King Jr. March will begin at the flagpoles outside Aldrich Hall and continue around Ring Mall. Lunch for participants will be served afterward in the Cross-Cultural Center’s Ring Room.
6 p.m.: A rally featuring artist Ise Lyfe and others will remember King through speech and dance performances. The event will take place in the Crystal Cove Auditorium, followed by a candlelight unity walk and drum circle on the Student Center terrace.