Boston University News Release

23rd December, 2002

Boston University to Celebrate "American Dream" Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.

(Boston, Mass.) – Boston University will celebrate its 18th annual commemoration of the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 20, 2003. The theme of this year’s King Day program is “The American Dream” -- Dr. King’s belief that America is as yet a dream unfulfilled. “It is a dream of a land where men of all races, of all nationalities and of all creeds can live together as brothers,” said Dr. King in 1961.

Dr. King’s vision was also a global desire: “The American dream will not become a reality devoid of the larger dream of a world of brotherhood and peace and good will.”

Darnell L. Williams, president and CEO of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, will deliver the keynote address. Williams received a master’s degree in education from Boston University’s School of Education in 1993. He recently served as a panelist representing the urban community to offer recommendations to Gov.-elect Mitt Romney.

The Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts is an interracial, nonprofit, community based organization, which provides programs of service and advocacy in the areas of education, career development and employment for African Americans and other residents of color.

The 90-minute King Day program, starting at 1 p.m., will offer music, dramatic readings and presentations reflecting Dr. King’s “American Dream.” Williams’ address will begin at approximately 1:15 p.m., and he will speak for about 30 minutes. Musical performers include the Seminary Singers of the Boston University School of Theology, Boston University Inner Strength Gospel Choir, and Soloist Dr. Z. Edmund Toliver, associate professor of BU’s College of Fine Arts.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the Office Of Multicultural Affairs at 617/353-3791.

A CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. “For in a real sense, America is essentially a dream, a dream as yet unfulfilled. It is a dream of a land where men of all races, of all nationalities and of all creeds can live together as brothers.” (From Dr. King’s commencement address at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, June 6, 1961)

EVENT: The American Dream
Keynote Address: Darnell L. Williams
DATE: Monday, January 20, 2003
TIME: 1-2:30 p.m.
PLACE: Metcalf Hall, George Sherman Union, second floor
Boston University
775 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Mass.

Back to Boston University Home Page