January 17,1996 2 Campus Opinion Editorial: MLK Jr.'s Birthday a reason to celebrate By Wendy Kelly Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday symbolizes a variety of reasons for celebration. For me it is a time of remembering the absurdity and hor ror of people proudly oppressing and segregating African-Americans in so ciety. It is also a time of reflecting upon the amazing amount of love and faith King and his followers had for humankind. But most of all 1 am in awe of Kng as a civil rights leader who forced all of America to examine how they could not possibly justify racism. King spurred a movement in which the United States of America had to stand by its Declaration of Independence. It goes without saying that we have come a long way since the 60’s, yet the end of this journey is not really insight. Because lam a part of the first generation thatattended desegregated schools all the way through, 1 feel privileged. But how has this changed my life or yours in comparison to, say, our mothers’? It is still not widely ac cepted to date across racial lines, be come best friends or to sit in church with those from another race. But yes, in comparison to our mothers, we have our token friend from a race different than our own that allows us to justify to a politically correct world that we are not prejudiced. At this intersection of the journey we must decide what equality really means. Do we relate to each other with out regard to ethnicity or do we try to find a way to celebrate our cultures without alienating people? The most difficult but obvious choice appears to me to be recognizing each other’s his tory and discover and honor it with child-like enthusiasm. Without ques tion this will be the most challenging choice of direction, and I hope I can rise to the occasion as our journey forward undoubtedly demands. Meredith fletnfd jUyoat JEdlton* „ . Kim Highland Copy Editor,. Uranv Bonknacyer Fea.rttres Editor - Arinn Dixon Ncwa Editor. ,Bet$y$toi?r«t: Business Manager, i/)rt Jonc^ RefHitters................. . .Barbara Warn, laata Brown. Af»on Paige layno, fiohin Hoflingswiwth, Wendy Kelly.Sarait White. DiftaDtMalo, Kiu:d)erty Zuckcr Ktotographers lanraRoss, Clntiiyn Chandley JFaoultyAdviser. >..►+...> +........ +.. Lmtise Taylor Edttorid Policy: TbcMeredtlb f/craisf tejpuhlLshttl by the College rhrouglimtt the academic year I’he paper ts funded b) the Coik^se and throttgh advertising The opinions expressed in editorial columns do not necessarily refleer those of the coHege admit«str.uton. faculty or .sttKlcnt hHly letters to the Editor i^tk'y Every one In rhe Meredith community is i n viredto writea letter to the editor. Ail published letters must betypewntten with contact tunie. addressand telephone nniriber. Alt letters must be signed by tlic author, bur names will be witliheld upon retiucsi. Thereserves the right to place anv other article subnnssions on file until needed or to choose not to pnnt them. Calendar of Events By Arinn Dixon January 13 - The North Carolina Symphony and Ballet South will perform the full ballet ofSwan Lake at 8pm in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. General admission seating only for $25; student discount is $18. Call Ticket master at (919) 834-4000 for tickets. January 19-20 - The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh will show the movie “Muriel’s Wedding” as part of its Winter Foreign Film Series: Australian Cinema. The movie will show at 7pm and 9pm. Tickets $3 at the door. January 20 - The Martin Luther King, Jr. Cultural Festival will take place noon to 5pm at NCSU’s McKimmon Center. There will be a variety of free activities for adults and children. Call 515-4516 for , more information. January 26 - The Bull Durham Blues Festival Benefit will be held at 8pm at the Carolina Theater in downtown Durham. 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