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PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSH Pennsylvania State Rep. Michael Schlossberg, D-132nd, is the opening speaker at Swain School's Martin Luther King Jr. Day program Jan. 21. PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSH Pennsylvania State Rep. Michael Schlossberg, D-132nd, is the opening speaker at Swain School's Martin Luther King Jr. Day program Jan. 21.
Swain School students participating in the school's observance of Martin Luther King Jr. day are, from left: Mary Dent, of Allentown; Ben Becker, of Center Valley; Guiliana Augiello, of Coopersburg; Michael Schellenberg (behind Augiello), of Allentown; Mary Kenyon, of Allentown; and Alex Becker, of Center Valley. Swain School students participating in the school's observance of Martin Luther King Jr. day are, from left: Mary Dent, of Allentown; Ben Becker, of Center Valley; Guiliana Augiello, of Coopersburg; Michael Schellenberg (behind Augiello), of Allentown; Mary Kenyon, of Allentown; and Alex Becker, of Center Valley.
Dr. Chris Kovats-Bernat, professor of anthropology at Muhlenberg College, tells his audience at Swain School's Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance of his experience in Haiti where 37 distinct racial stereotypes types mark the class social structure there. Dr. Chris Kovats-Bernat, professor of anthropology at Muhlenberg College, tells his audience at Swain School's Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance of his experience in Haiti where 37 distinct racial stereotypes types mark the class social structure there.
Chris Daisley, left, of Lower Macungie Township, father of two Swain School students, chats with speaker Dr. Charles Kovats-Bernat, at the school's Martin Luther King Jr. day observance Jan. 21. Chris Daisley, left, of Lower Macungie Township, father of two Swain School students, chats with speaker Dr. Charles Kovats-Bernat, at the school's Martin Luther King Jr. day observance Jan. 21.
Ethel Dayton-Craig, of Allentown, a Swain School trustee, talks with Bill Wreaks, of Zionsville, also a trustee and a Swain parent, during a breakout session Jan. 21. Ethel Dayton-Craig, of Allentown, a Swain School trustee, talks with Bill Wreaks, of Zionsville, also a trustee and a Swain parent, during a breakout session Jan. 21.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Debra Fraser-Howze, a senior vice president of government and external affairs at OraSure Technologies, Bethlehem, is the featured speaker at Swain School's Martin Luther King Jr. observance Jan. 21. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Debra Fraser-Howze, a senior vice president of government and external affairs at OraSure Technologies, Bethlehem, is the featured speaker at Swain School's Martin Luther King Jr. observance Jan. 21.

Swain School program commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance

Thursday, February 14, 2013 by JIM MARSH Special to the Press in School

The Swain School's third annual community commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day was held at the school Jan.21.

The program, "A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Day of Remembrance, Celebration and Service" was is open to families in the community, and included age-appropriate educational sessions, discussions and musical performances around the theme, "Courageous Conversations."

State Rep. Michael Schlossberg, D-132nd, opened the event, saying any one of us in this room could become great. Any one of us might come the next Martin Luther King Jr. We all have a chance to serve, even if it's just writing to our legislators."

Dr. Chris Kovats-Bernat, professor of anthropology at Muhlenberg College, led a breakout session telling of his experiences as an anthropologist in Haiti. He said racial discrimination is not confined to any one culture.

He described the 37 distinct racial types recognized in Haiti, and how discrimination between those racial types determines the way people live in that country. He said some of the world's most disadvantaged people stuggle for existence in the Haitian culture every day.

Debra Fraser-Howze, senior vice president of government and external affairs at OraSure Technologies, Inc., Bethlehem, traveled back to the Lehigh Valley from Washington, D.C. before the program. She had been in the nation's capital Sunday for pre-inauguration events.

She told the audience of her formative years growing up in New York City. She contrasted the racial environment in that city to the repressive environment when she visited relatives in southern states.

"The things you hear about drinking at different water fountains, sitting at different lunch counters those were real and happened to me," she said. "We can't let our young people forget that these things were real, and not that long ago."