UNH Welcomes Harvard's Randall Kennedy to Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
January 6, 2003
DURHAM, N.H. -- Randall Kennedy, Harvard Law School professor and author
of Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word and Race,
Crime and the Law, is the keynote speaker at the University of New
Hampshire's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Jan. 27-30, 2003.
Kennedy is the featured speaker for the program, "The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.," and will participate in a panel discussion about hate words as they relate to language and oppression.
"Kennedy is a leading scholar in U.S. legal history, and a man who served as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. He can remind us that the Civil Rights struggle was very much about the law," says John Ernest, associate professor of English and chair of the UNH President's Commission on the Status of People of Color. "He also is a well-known commentator on hate speech, and therefore has much to bring to our own ongoing community dialogue on these issues."
"So in Kennedy we have someone who represents the struggle for laws that ensure equal rights and opportunities, and we have someone who understands and participates in the ongoing struggle for understanding that must be a part of that legal progress. We have someone who has thought a great deal about social justice -- what it is, what it requires, and how it can be accomplished. We have someone who has spent a long career drumming for justice," Ernest says.
Monday, Jan. 27
Tuesday, Jan. 28: A Day of Celebration
Family Celebration: Children Learn Together
Wednesday, Jan. 29
The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Thursday, Jan. 30: Day of Service
News Editors: Additional information on these events is available at www.unh.edu/insidescoop/mlk/. For a copy of Kennedy's bio and curriculum vita, contact Lori Gula at 603-862-0574 or firstname.lastname@example.org.