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Dec. 1, 2005


Harvard Law Professor to Present The Martin Luther King Commemorative Lecture at Trinity University


Professor Randall KennedySAN ANTONIO - In honor of the late Martin Luther King Jr., Trinity University and the City of San Antonio MLK Jr. Commission will host a lecture by Randall Kennedy, a Harvard Law professor and Rhodes Scholar, on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006, at 7 p.m. in Laurie Auditorium on the Trinity campus. Professor Kennedy also is author of the controversial book Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word. The lecture is free and open to the public.


Professor Kennedy, an expert in studies of race and ethnicity, specializes in exploring explosive social issues that often require the intellectual depth of a scholar, the insight of a juror, and the keen eye of a cultural commentator. He has lectured on the topic of race lines in America, in which he draws upon research involving automobile transactions, employment applications, the receipt of tips by cab drivers, and the provision of medical care as indicators of racial profiling and affirmative action. He also has examined the identifying terms that have been used to refer to African-Americans and whether they are self-imposed. He lectures on a range of racial issues in America.


Also an author, Professor Kennedy has written Race, Crime and the Law, for which he received the 1998 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption, in which he delineates how the legal system has shaped and been shaped by changing popular sentiments on the status of interracial sex, marriage, and adoption.


Born in Columbia, S.C., Professor Kennedy attended Princeton University, Oxford University, and Yale Law School. Following his education at Yale, he served as a law clerk for Judge J. Skelly Wright of the United States Court of Appeals and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court.


Trinity has honored the memory of Dr. King, a slain civil rights leader, for decades and launched a speaker series in 1994. Students affiliated with the Trinity Multi-Cultural Network and members of the Black Student Union, as well as Trinity faculty and staff members, plan to join other residents of San Antonio in the annual MLK March through the community's East Side on Monday, Jan. 16.


Any requests for special accommodations should be directed to Laurie Auditorium at (210) 999-8119 at least 48 hours before the event.


For more information, contact Trinity's office of public relations at (210) 999-8406.

Other Campus Activites

Make it a Day On & Not a Day Off!!!

Trinity University will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by participating in the nation’s LARGEST march downtown San Antonio.

On  Monday, January 16, 2006,  we will march with the local and national community to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and recognize the great sacrifice that members of our nation have made in the name of freedom and equality. Any Trinity students, faculty, or staff who would like to participate in this exciting day of celebration and reflection should contact Amy Parkhurst in Campus and Community Involvement at extension 7547 or by e-mail at to reserve a place on chartered buses that will leave campus for the march site.

Additional Resources

To learn more about Randall Kennedy's books, click here.

For a complete list of events in San Antonio celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr.,
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Additional Information About Martin Luther King, Jr.








"And I say to you today that I will stand by nonviolence ... And the other thing is that I am concerned about a better world. I'm concerned about justice. I'm concerned about brotherhood. I'm concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about these, he can never advocate violence. For through violence you may murder a murderer, but you can't murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar, but you can't establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can't murder hate. Darkness cannot put out darkness. Only light can do that."

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

"Nonviolent action, the Negro saw, was the way to supplement, not replace, the process of change. It was the way to divest himself of passivity without arraying himself in vindictive force."

"Unearned suffering is redemptive."

"I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of nuclear destruction. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality."

"I have a dream..."

"Because I have seen the mountaintop.... I may not get to the promised land with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will."




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