Harvard University Professor Cornel West, author of the 1993 best seller "Race Matters," will be the keynote speaker during Canisius College's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Feb. 11 in Grupp Fireside Lounge of the college's student union.
His 8:15 p.m. address, "We Must Be the Change We Wish to See," will be free to the public.
One of only 14 Harvard faculty members with the title "university professor," West teaches religion and Afro-American studies at the Cambridge, Mass., institution.
He is the author of numerous articles and books, including "Jews and Blacks: Let the Healing Begin," "Restoring Hope" and "The Cornel West Reader."
His address will kick off several Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative events at Canisius.
The Office of Campus Ministry will sponsor a Mass in memory of King at 8 p.m. Feb. 13 in Christ the King Chapel on campus. Music will be by Canisius' African American Gospel Ensemble and Contemporary Music Ensemble.
A play, "Gandhi and King," will be presented by Canisius students, alumni and local high school students at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 in Grupp Fireside Lounge.
Sai Chidambaram, an associate professor of biology at the college, is coordinator of the play. Both the Mass and the play will be free to the public.