North Carolina Newspapers

    January 17,1996
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
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
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Fea.rttres Editor - Arinn Dixon
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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. The festival
will feature Saffire-the Uppity Blues Women and is sponsored by St.
Joseph’s Historic Foundation Inc. Call 1-800-683-1709 for more
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