January 15, 2004
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.- Amherst College has scheduled two special events in February for the college's annual celebration of the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These events are free and open to the public.

Dolores Huerta, co-founder and first vice president emeritus of the United Farm Workers of America, will speak in Johnson Chapel on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 8 p.m. A longtime labor organizer and activist, Huerta met Cesar Chavez in 1962, when they formed what later became the United Farm Workers. Huerta was prominent in the national grape boycott, taking the plight of the farmworkers to the consumers. She serves as the secretary-treasurer of the United Farm Workers, is the vice-president for the Coalition for Labor Union Women, the vice-president of the California AFL-CIO, and is a board member for the Fund for the Feminist Majority, which advocates for the political and equal rights for women.

The featured speaker at Amherst College's annual Interfaith Service commemorating the life and works of Dr. King in Johnson Chapel at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8, will be the Reverend Dr. Robert Michael Franklin, the Presidential Distinguished Professor of Social Ethics at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and a senior fellow at the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Religion at Emory's Law School. Franklin is the former president of the Interdenominational Theological Center, the nation's foremost center of historically African American graduate theological education.