[Blackstudies-l] Rev. Joseph Lowery for UR King Day commemoration, Jan. 22, 6pm

Emilye Crosby crosby at geneseo.edu
Wed Jan 6 14:23:50 EST 2010

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> EVENT: Reverend Dr. Joseph Lowery to Speak at the University of  
> Rochester
> Civil Rights Leader to Present Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative  
> Address
> From working with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to organize the  
> Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to delivering the  
> benediction at President Barack Obama\\'s inauguration, Reverend Dr.  
> Joseph Lowery is a prominent figure in civil rights activism. On  
> Friday, Jan. 22, members of the University of Rochester community  
> are invited to hear Lowery\\'s message of equality as he delivers  
> the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address. Free and  
> open to the public, the address begins at 6 p.m. in Strong  
> Auditorium on the River Campus.
> Dubbed the \\"Dean of the Civil Rights Movement\\" by the National  
> Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Lowery\ 
> \'s work in social justice has spanned more than half a century. His  
> involvement in the movement began in the mid-1950s and he was at the  
> forefront of the Montgomery bus boycott in the wake of Rosa Parks\\'  
> arrest. As leader of the Alabama Civic Affairs Association, his  
> efforts focused heavily on the desegregation of buses and public  
> places and workforce equality. Over the course of three decades,  
> Lowery also served in several leadership roles with the SCLC,  
> including president and CEO.
> Lowery was born in Huntsville, Ala. in 1921. He received a bachelor  
> of arts degree from Paine College. He earned his doctorate of  
> divinity from the Chicago Ecumenical Institute and served as a  
> minister in the United Methodist Church until his retirement. He has  
> been honored with the NAACP\\'s Lifetime Achievement Award, the  
> Martin Luther King Center Peace Award, and has received honorary  
> degrees from numerous colleges and universities across the nation.  
> In August 2009, President Obama presented Lowery with the nation\\'s  
> highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom.
> \\"We are honored to have the Reverend Joseph Lowery as our Martin  
> Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address speaker,\\" says Norman  
> Burnett, chair of the College Diversity Roundtable and director of  
> the Office of Minority Student Affairs. \\"Lowery\\'s important work  
> with Dr. King and his legacy of social justice and racial tolerance  
> serve as a true inspiration to the Rochester community.\\"
> The culmination of a weeklong celebration of Dr. King\\'s life, the  
> annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address is sponsored by  
> the College Diversity Roundtable and the Office of the President.  
> The week includes a volunteer service activity in the 19th Ward and  
> an interfaith service in honor of Dr. King at the University\\'s  
> Interfaith Chapel on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 5:30 p.m.
> Note to Editors: Press availability with Lowery will be scheduled  
> from 2 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, in the Welles-Brown Room of the  
> Rush Rhees Library. Interviews can also be scheduled by e-mailing  
> Melissa Greco Lopes at mgrecolo at ur.rochester.edu or calling  
> 585.276.3693.
> About the University of Rochester
> The University of Rochester (www.rochester.edu) is one of the  
> nation's leading private universities. Located in Rochester, N.Y.,  
> the University gives students exceptional opportunities for  
> interdisciplinary study and close collaboration with faculty through  
> its unique cluster-based curriculum. Its College of Arts, Sciences,  
> and Engineering is complemented by the Eastman School of Music,  
> Simon School of Business, Warner School of Education, Laboratory for  
> Laser Energetics, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, and the Memorial  
> Art Gallery.
> PR 3519, MS 2002

Emilye Crosby
History Department
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14554
(585) 245-5375
crosby at geneseo.edu

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