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Diversity Week honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Free events salute legacy, beliefs of civil rights leader

ROMEOVILLE — Lewis University will host Diversity Week from Jan. 28- Feb. 1 to honor and acknowledge the legacy and beliefs of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The various events will take place throughout the week, all of which are free of charge and open to the public. Events will take place at different locations on the university’s main campus in Romeoville.

Diversity Week will kick off with the keynote address given by Dr. Jerome Blakemore, associate professor of justice, law & public safety studies and social work, from 2-2:50 p.m. in the Sancta Alberta Chapel. Blakemore will be applying the writings of King to today’s university “How our Academic Community Can Make a Difference.”

From 6-8 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Student Union Commons, Lewis University’s “Celebration of Music and Art Coffee House” event will showcase Lewis students performing the music, poetry and fine arts from the Civil Rights Movement.

At 11 a.m. Jan. 29 in the Sancta Alberta Chapel, Professor Timuel Black will speak about the link between Martin Luther King Jr. and President Barack Obama. At 1 p.m. in the Student Union Commons, History Professor Dr. Mark Schultz and Sociology Assistant Professor Tennille Allen will facilitate the film “The Witness.” The film is based on the last few days of the life of King. At 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union Commons, a documentary called, “License to Thrive: Title IX at 35” will be facilitated by Associate Vice President for Human Resources Graciela Dufour; Chair of Sports and Exercise Science Dr. Karen Lockyer; Professor of English Dr. Nancy Workman and Associate Director/Director of Compliance Melanie DeBoer-Brunsdon. The last event will be “Tunnel of Oppression” at 5 p.m. in the Student Union Commons and will be an interactive event that highlights contemporary issues of oppression.

At 2 p.m. on Jan. 30 in DL-251 in De La Salle Hall, a panel of Lewis University faculty will discuss the book they are currently reading, “At The Dark End of the Street,” which reveals the crucial role played in the founding of the Civil Rights Movement by African-American women who fought against politically-motivated rape in the Jim Crow South.

On the final day of Diversity Week, at 11 a.m. Jan. 31 in De La Salle Hall, DL-232, Associate Professor of Philosophy Dr. Elizabeth Hoppe will focus on Descartes’ though of the human subject and its downside.

At 3:30 p.m. in the Morton Boston Room of the Student Union, Carlos Serrato, director of Multicultural Student Services will facilitate a California federal court case, Mendez v. Westminster. This case challenged the segregation of Mexican and Mexican-American students into separate Mexican schools.
For additional information, contact Carlos Serrato at (815) 836-5538.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates.

The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit for further information.

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