MLK Jr. Day Celebration

Source: Charles Radin, BrandeisNOW

Brandeis University’s 8th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial “The Duty of A Dream!” will take place on Monday, January 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center Theater.

This evening of performance, oratory and testimony is intended to evoke the prophecy, the mission and the commitment of one of America’s most-dedicated advocates for social justice.

The keynote speaker, Herman Hemingway ‘53, is the first black man to graduate from Brandeis. A fraternity brother and mentee of Dr. King’s, Professor Hemingway has maintained King’s spirit and values in his personal and professional life.

Eliana Light ’13 will tell of Dr. King’s work with Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel; Amanda Dryer ’13 will read an original poem. The Brandeis hip-hop group Kaos Kids will join forces with the So Unique Step Team, and jazz impresario Louise Grasmere will sing.

Dr. King’s presence will be resurrected further through the delivery of one of his great speeches by MLK Scholar Amanda Pereira ’15, and the Boston Tap Company will return to campus with a performance specially created for this occasion.

The evening will be hosted by Associate Professor Chad Williams, chair of the Department of African and Afro-American Studies.

The event is free and open to the public; seating will be available at 6 p.m. Those attending are encouraged to arrive early.

The annual King Day observance is sponsored by MLK Scholars and Friends, the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Communications.

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Harry Potter Alliance Update

HPA Update by Nina Hersher, Co-president of the Harry Potter Alliance: Imagine Better

Last semester alum Andrew Slack ’02, came to speak on campus which lead to the creation of the “The Harry Potter Alliance: Imagine Better,” chapter at Brandeis University! Just instituted in Fall of 2012 , we are looking forward to launching ourselves into effective and fun social justice projects this semester. Last semester the HPA held a book drive for the Children’s Hospital in Boston which was a smashing success.

What we do:
The Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) is a 501c3 nonprofit that takes an outside-of-the-box approach to civic engagement by using parallels from the Harry Potter books to educate and mobilize young people across the world toward issues of literacy, equality, and human rights. Our mission is to empower our members to act like the heroes that they love by acting for a better world. By bringing together fans of blockbuster books, TV shows, movies, and YouTube celebrities we are harnessing the power of popular culture toward making our world a better place. Our goal is to make civic engagement exciting by channeling the entertainment-saturated facets of our culture toward mobilization for deep and lasting social change.

As we enter the new semester…

–    We will have a table at the winter involvement fair this Sunday the 20th from 1-3pm.
–    This Wednesday the 23rd will be our first meeting and we encourage anyone interested to attend! It will be held at 7:30 in the Peace Room located in Usdan.

Co-presidents Nina Hersher and Sarah Zoloth may be contacted for further information at or

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