Boston University to Honor Real-Life Hero of Hotel Rwanda Paul Rusesabagina and Distinguished Poet Sonia Sanchez

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 |

(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 at an event at BU’s Tsai Performance Center on November 10, 2009. Rusesabagina will be installed as a Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Fellow and will speak 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. Stanford University Professor of History and authorized MLK biographer Clayborne Carson will also be installed as a MLK Fellow.

The awards ceremony will be preceded by a roundtable discussion on MLK’s lasting influence on the educational discipline of Humanities and our society with special guest Christine King Farris, Associate Professor of Education at Spelman College and MLK’s sister. Other roundtable members include (as Moderator) BU 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. The event is free and open to the public.

Event Details
: Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Lecture featuring Paul Rusesabagina and Sonia Sanchez
Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Admission: Free and open to the public
Contact: For more information, call 617-353-3696 or email

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University seeks to capture and document history by collecting the manuscripts from individuals who play significant roles in the fields of journalism, poetry, literature and criticism, dance, music, theater, film, television, and political and religious movements. The Center strives to preserve the documents and make them readily available to researchers while administering all legal copyrights and restrictions. The Center also presents extensive exhibitions, seminars and tours for students, parents, alumni, various visiting groups and members of the public. For more information, visit