FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  Date: January 15, 2003

         Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716


UIS Diversity Task Force hosts events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King

SPRINGFIELD During the week of January 20, the Diversity Task Force at the University of Illinois at Springfield will host a series of events celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. All events listed below will be held on the UIS campus and are free and open to the public.

The videos “The History of Jim Crow, Parts I and II” will be shown beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 21, in Brookens Auditorium. Lawrence Johnson, associate chancellor for access and equal opportunity, will lead the accompanying discussion.

A brownbag presentation by Proshanta Nandi, professor emeritus of sociology, will focus on “The Impact of Dr. King on the Peace Movement.” The program is set for noon, Wednesday, January 22, in conference room F, located on the lower level of UIS’ Public Affairs Center. Discussion will be facilitated by Julie Low, assistant to the associate vice chancellor for academic planning and graduate education and research.

Later that evening “The History of Jim Crow, Parts III and IV” will be shown beginning at 7 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium. Kenneth Oldfield, professor emeritus of public administration, will lead the discussion.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis will speak on “The Struggle for Human Rights: Lessons from Mississippi in the 1960s” at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 23, in Brookens Auditorium. Immediately following Lewis’ presentation, a reception will be held in the Public Affairs Center Restaurant with music provided by Virgil Rhodes and Footprints.

These events are sponsored by UIS’ Office of Student Affairs, Diversity Task Force, and Black Caucus.