Martin Luther King Jr. Week on Pitt’s Campus

Issue Date: 
January 28, 2008


Scholar Cornel West spoke to a standing-room-only audience in the William Pitt Union. The Jan. 23 lecture was part of the Black Action Society’s “Black Week 2008” and was one of several campus events held to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Currently a professor of religion and African American studies at Princeton University, West is a provocative intellectual and a champion for racial justice. He urged audience members to seek truth, question long-held assumptions, and fight for group success, not solely personal success.


Anire Mosley, a prominent local artist, created live art during a Jan. 15 event to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. The evening was held on the William Pitt Union’s lower level and participants were encouraged to express their feelings about King and the Civil Rights Movement. Music was provided by the Neo-Soul band Hambone Jenkins and lead singer Chassity Cheatham. The event was sponsored by PITT ARTS, August Wilson Center for African American Culture, and Pitt’s Office of Cross-Cultural and Leadership Development.