The event, which takes place at 5:30 p.m. in the Welch Dining Room of Lyons Hall, annually draws several hundred members and friends of the Boston College community to celebrate the legacy of the slain civil rights leader.
The banquet includes the presentation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship. This year's finalists are Slandah Aldophe, Farah Bernier, Ashana Davis, Tiffany Griffin and Amanda Veazley [see separate story].
A researcher in counseling, human development and psychology, Helms will discuss poverty in the United States and the failing American urban education system. She also will offer analysis on voting in urban areas, particularly in light of last fall's controversial Florida election, which was marred by irregularities and charges that some black citizens had been discouraged or prevented from voting.
Prof. Janet Helms (LSOE)
"How voting occurs was one of Dr. King's primary concerns," said Helms in a recent interview. "We have to ask what went wrong in Florida."
Helms, who came to BC just over a year ago from the University of Maryland, is the author of A Practitioners Guide to the Edwards Personal Preference Schedule, A Training Manual to Accompany Black and White Racial Identity and A Race Is a Nice Thing to Have: A Guide to Being A White Person or Understanding the White Persons In Your Life and co-authored Using Race in Counseling and Psychotherapy: Theory and Process.
The MLK Scholarship, which grants 75 percent of senior year tuition, is given to a junior of African-American descent who reflects King's philosophy in his or her life and work. Each candidate submits an essay on the impact of King's ideals on his or her life. Finalists are evaluated on academic performance and their extra-curricular and service activities.
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