Friday, June 18, 2010

UI&U Presents the 2nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Luncheon July 3

CINCINNATI - As part of its ongoing mission to engage the community in dialogue that creates positive social change, Union Institute & University (UI&U) will present the Second Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Luncheon, a collaboration of the UI&U Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies and the Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition of Greater Cincinnati. The event takes place Saturday, July 3, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., at the Kingsgate Marriot in Cincinnati. The event will feature a keynote address Advancing Human Rights and Social Justice: The World House and the Morehouse College King Collection by oral historian Dr. Vicki Crawford, co-director of the Morehouse Martin Luther King Jr. Collection. UI&U Ph. D. candidate Ray Jordan will serve as the program’s moderator.

Dr. Crawford’s presentation will explore the legacy of Dr. King’s concept of the World House as expressed in the final chapter of his book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? In this chapter, Dr. King described the enormous challenges facing humanity and the dire need to eradicate the triple oppressions of poverty, racism and militarism. Dr. Crawford will reflect upon King’s prophetic message and discuss its relevancy in today’s society. She will also share opportunities for teaching and learning utilizing the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection that contains more than 10,000 original items, including King’s sermons, speeches, correspondence, and other material.

As co-director of the Morehouse Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, Dr. Crawford develops campus and community-based programming around the collection and explores instructional approaches to promote the teachings and legacy of Dr. King. She is an editor of the groundbreaking volume of essays, Women in the Civil Rights Movement: Trailblazers and Torchbearers which was one of the first collections published in the early 1990s, and she has organized workshops on community oral history and assisted in curating an exhibit on African American churches for the Museum of the New South in Charlotte, NC.

Dr. Crawford earned her Ph.D. in the field of American Studies with a concentration in 20th century African American history from Emory University in 1987. She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship as a Carolina Minority Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. As a Fulbright Fellow, Dr. Crawford traveled to Ghana and Cameroon, West Africa and participated in the Brethren Colleges Abroad Program to Cuba.

For more information about the luncheon contact Nicole Hamilton, UI&U public relations manager, at 513-487-1194 or

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