Thursday, January 6, 2011

MLK Commemoration Service 2011!

Begin the University of Chicago’s Black Heritage Celebration with the MLK Commemoration Service!


The University of Chicago will be commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with several on campus events. The speaker for this year’s activities will be Judith Jameson, American dancer, Choreographer, and Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Judith Jameson is a legendary icon in the world of performing arts. Ms. Jameson began her dance efforts at the age of 6 and began her education at Fisk University at the age 15. In 1965 Jamison moved to NYC to join the Alvin Ailey Company where she became a principal dancer for the company. Ms. Jameson was appointed Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater in 1989 at the request of her mentor, Alvin Ailey, who personally chose her to succeed him. In her two decades at the helm of one of the most respected dance companies in America, Ms. Jameson has successfully kept the Alvin Ailey brand alive.

In 2009, Ms. Jameson was listed in the TIME 100: The World’s Most Influential People, and honored at “The BET Honors,” and event that recognizes the lives and achievements of leading African-American luminaries. She received the Paul Robeson award from Actors’ Equity Association in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the performing arts and commitment to the right of all people to live in dignity and peace, and the Kennedy Center Honor recognizing her lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts. She remains committed to promoting the significance of the Ailey legacy—dance as a medium for honoring the past, celebrating the present, and fearlessly reaching into the future.
Join us for one or more of these exciting events!  

Medical Center Annual MLK Celebration
Thursday, January 13th (Keynote Speaker, Judith Jameson)
Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine Atrium 5758 S. Maryland Avenue, 4th Floor  

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
Friday, January 14th (Keynote Speaker, Judith Jameson)
10:00am—11:30am Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
*For the Laboratory School community only  

University of Chicago MLK Commemoration Service  
Friday, January 14th (Keynote Speaker, Judith Jameson)
3:30pm—4:30pm Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
(reception to follow at Ida Noyes)

MLK Day of Service
Saturday, January 15th
For more information, please visit

Sunday at Rockefeller
Sunday, January 16th 11:00am—12:15pm A musical and liturgical celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., communion in Rockefeller Chapel, open to all. With Rev. Ayanna Johnson and music by Rockefeller Chapel Choir’s Women’s Board Choral Scholars.