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January 19, 2011

MLK address celebrates King’s legacy


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The Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address will be streamed live from the University Web site. Check for details before the Jan. 21 event.

Noted author and Harvard University psychiatrist Alvin Poussaint will deliver the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address on Friday, Jan. 21. The free talk— at 6 p.m. in Strong Auditorium on the River Campus—is the culmination of a weeklong celebration of King’s life and the kickoff of the University’s Black History Month events.

Poussaint is perhaps best known for his collaborations with actor and comedian Bill Cosby. He served as a script consultant to both The Cosby Show and A Different World, ensuring that the humor in the sitcoms was appropriate for all ages and that the script portrayed a positive image of African Americans and avoided stereotypes. Poussaint and Cosby also cowrote the New York Times bestseller Come On People! On the Path from Victims to Victors.

During the civil rights movement, Poussaint worked with the Medical Committee for Human Rights in Jackson, Miss., advocating for the desegregation of medical facilities in the South and providing health care for civil rights workers. Poussaint directed the media center at the Judge Baker Children’s Center in Boston, Mass., for 16 years. Currently, he serves as the faculty associate dean for student affairs and the director of the office of recruitment and multicultural affairs at Harvard.

Poussaint is both a life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Other highlights of the University’s Black History Month celebration include:

  • 2011 African American History Seminar Series, Indelible Impressions: Feb. 4, 11, and 18, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Adolph Auditorium (1-7619), Medical Center.
  • Film Screening—Against all Odds: The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance: Feb. 10, 7 p.m., Memorial Art Gallery.
  • Black History Month Cultural Event and Fashion Show: Feb. 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Flaum Atrium, School of Medicine and Dentistry.
  • Black History Month Family Day: Feb. 27, noon to 5 p.m., Memorial Art Gallery.

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