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Celebrating a Visionary

Nazareth College celebrates the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., through a series of special events on Monday, January 16, 2012, including a commemoration service in honor of MLK and an afternoon lecture by Charles W. Eagles, professor of history at the University of Mississippi and author of several powerful books about the civil rights movement. The lecture is from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., followed by a question and answer session in the Callahan Theater of the Nazareth College Arts Center. This lecture is free and open to the public (no reservation required). For more information call 585-389-2073. Nazareth College is located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y. 14618.

From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., a lively celebration of the legacy of Dr. King will be held on the Nazareth College campus in the Linehan Chapel of the Golisano Academic Center. The commemoration is free and open to the public and includes student speakers, singers, inspirational readings and dance. This event is organized by the MLK Commemoration Committee, which includes Nazareth students, faculty and staff. Undergraduate and graduate classes will be suspended during the ceremony.

Headlining the day’s events will be keynote speaker Charles W. Eagles, University of Mississippi History professor, and specialist in 20th Century U.S. History. He received his doctorate from the University of North Carolina and has written several books on the Civil Rights Movement. Outside Agitator: Jon Daniels and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama (University of North Carolina Press, 1993) received the Lillian Smith Award for non-fiction. The Price of Defiance: James Meredith and the Integration of Ole Miss (University of North Carolina Press, 2009) received the McLemore Prize from the Mississippi Historical Society for the best Mississippi history book in 2009, the 2010 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for nonfiction, and the 2010 Lillian Smith Award for non-fiction.

The Nazareth College community is also taking part in The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Friday, January 20, from 3-6 p.m. It is a day in which Americans across the country come together and honor Dr. King in serving their communities. Nazareth is joining forces with St. John Fisher. Last year, more than 120 students participated.

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