Chestertown, MD, January 12, 2004 — Washington College will host “MARTIN LUTHER KING: A DAY OF CELEBRATION,” Monday, January 19, in honor of the memory and the legacy of the late Civil Rights leader. A program of remembrance will be held at 1:30 p.m. and the film Separate But Equal will be shown at 6:30 p.m., both in the Norman James Theatre, William Smith Hall. The events are free and the public is invited to attend.
At 1:30 p.m., students, faculty and other members of the Washington College community will reflect on the “Power Of Integration” and the life of Dr. King through anecdotes and readings in a service of remembrance and celebration in the Norman James Theatre. At 6:30 p.m., the College will show the 1991 film Separate But Equal that documents the legal and moral struggle to desegregate America's public schools. The film features Sidney Portier as the future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall—then a lawyer for the NAACP—and the case that lead to the Supreme Court's 1953 decision to abolish racial segregation in schools. Both events are sponsored by Washington College's Martin Luther King Celebration Committee, Black Student Union and Cleopatra's Daughters.