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UIS to host events in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 17, 2008

Contact: Jeannie Jones, 217/206-6584, jjone1@uis.edu

SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Springfield will host two addresses as part of a series of campus events in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Both programs are free and open to the public and are sponsored by the UIS offices of Multicultural Student Affairs and Student Volunteers and Civic Engagement.

Picture of Rev. Samuel Hale
Rev. Samuel W. Hale Jr.

"A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.," with guest speaker Rev. Samuel W. Hale, Jr., will be presented beginning at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22, in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library on the UIS campus.

The program will also include inspirational singers, as well as theatrical readings from some of Dr. King's speeches by members of the UIS Debate Team.

Currently the pastor of Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Springfield, Rev. Hale has worked alongside several prominent Civil Rights leaders and has met and participated in marches with Dr. King. Over the years he has organized and taken part in many events, including marches, boycotts, and sit-ins. In Springfield, his community outreach efforts include work with the NAACP, School District 186, and the Ministerial Alliance to implement a program to serve at-risk children.

Picture of Dr. Proshanta Nandi
Dr. Proshanta Nandi

"A Peaceful Movement," a brownbag discussion exploring the impact that the teachings of Mahatmas Gandhi had on Dr. King's life and work, will be presented beginning at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 24, in conference room C/D, located on the lower level of UIS’ Public Affairs Center.

Guest speaker will be Dr. Proshanta Nandi, UIS emeritus professor of Sociology. Nandi is a former Fulbright Scholar and also served as a Research Sociologist for a Ford Foundation project in his native India. In addition to his long career as an educator, he is a prolific author whose works have appeared in such publications as the International Journal of Comparative Sociology. His current professional service includes membership in the Joint Education Commission for the State of Illinois.

For more information about either of these events, contact the UIS Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at 206-6333.



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