EVENTS AND NEWS
Academy Award Winner Forest Whitaker honored at Boston University
Boston - Award winning actor, director, producer and humanitarian Forest Whitaker was named a Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center on January 21st in recognition of his extensive charity work and promotion of peace. The mission of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Lecture is to bring speakers to the Boston University community who serve as leaders in the quest for maintaining social justice and human rights. We seek mentors for our students who exemplify the highest standards of Dr. King’s legacy of peace forgiveness and reconciliation. Past Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellows include Christine King Farris, Paul Rusesabagina, and Congressman John Lewis.
Boston University Honors Georgia Congressman John Lewis and Civil Rights Activist Diane Nash
Boston - Congressman John Lewis, 5th District, GA was named the Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center on November 10th in recognition of his dedicated work for equality and social justice. Activist Diane Nash was named the Coretta Scott King Fellow. Ms. Nash, a close friend and colleague of Lewis’ during the Civil Rights Movement, gave a powerful introduction to Congressman Lewis. Congressman Lewis' talk was on his life growing up in the segregated South and his work during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s. He also spoke on his time and experiences working with Dr. King. The event also marked the launch of the electronic finding aid for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, http://www.bu.edu/mlkjr.
The mission of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series is to bring speakers to the Boston University community who serve as leaders in the quest for maintaining social justice and human rights.
Boston University to honor Real-Life Hero of Hotel Rwanda Paul Rusesabagina and Distinguished Poet Sonia Sanchez
Boston – The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University (BU) will honor real-life hero of Hotel Rwanda Paul Rusesabagina and distinguished poet Sonia Sanchez. Mr. Rusesabagina will be installed a Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow and will talk on his experience in Rwanda over the last 10 years, recounting his heroic achievements of sheltering over 1,200 refugees. Renowned poet Sonia Sanchez will give a reading of her work and will be installed as the Coretta Scott King Fellow. Dr. Clayborne Carson, Stanford University Professor of History and authorized biographer of Dr. King will also be installed as an MLK Fellow.
The award ceremony will be preceded by a roundtable discussion on King's lasting influence on the Humanities and our society with special guest Christine King Farris, Associate Professor of Education at Spelman College and Dr. King's sister. Other roundtable members include (as Moderator) Professor of English Gene Jarrett; Spelman College Assistant Professor of Psychology Angela Farris Watkins; Dean of the BU School of Education Hardin Coleman; BU Visiting Professor of Journalism and Pulitzer-Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson; and the Executive Director of the Leadership Center at Morehouse College Professor Walter Earl Fluker.
Christine King Farris and Nikki Giovanni Honored at Boston University
Christine King Farris, MLK’s only surviving sibling, was named the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center on April 3 in recognition of her dedicated work for equality and social justice. Distinguished poet Nikki Giovanni was named the first Coretta Scott King Fellow. Prof. Giovanni gave a powerful introduction to Prof. Farris, who presented the inaugural Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Lecture.
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