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.

Event Details

Title: 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
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, theatre, 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, email


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