LEWISTON — Pioneering environmental justice and sustainability advocate Julian Agyeman, of Tufts University, will give the keynote address during Martin Luther King Jr. Day events Sunday and Monday at Bates College.

the college was founded by abolitionists before the Civil War and has long had a commitment to equality and social justice. This year’s theme for King Day programs is “Environmental Justice: Martin Luther King’s Unfinished Agenda.”

Monday events include a student debate and workshops that explore the environmental theme during the day, and an evening performance by the student ensemble Sankofa.

Agyeman will give the homily for the college’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Memorial Service of Worship at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Bates Chapel, 275 College St. Agyeman will also speak at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the college chapel. His speech is titled, “The Dream Lives on: Towards a Just Sustainability.”

Agyeman is professor and chair of urban and environmental policy and planning at Tufts University. He is co-founder and co-editor of the International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, and has written more than 150 publications.

Other events include:

4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14: “The Greenhorns,” a film detailing the spirit, practices and challenges of America’s young farming community, presented by Bates Environmental Film Festival, Chase Lounge, 56 Campus Ave.

3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15: “Gasland,” Director Josh Fox screens his film revealing the environmental damage caused by the natural gas mining practice called “fracking,” at Olin Concert Hall, 75 Russell St.

1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16: Debaters from Morehouse and Bates colleges address the resolution “Environmental sustainability and social equality are incompatible,” Olin Concert Hall, 75 Russell St., free, but tickets required.

7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16: “A Journey of Our Own,” performance by Bates students group, Sankofa, exploring cross-cultural blackness within African diasporic experiences through dance, music, theater and spoken word. Free but tickets required, Schaeffer Theatre, 305 College St.

For more information, go to http://www.bates.edu/news/2011/12/20/mlk-2012/


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