Martin Luther King Jr Convocation with Dr. Mary Frances Berry

Mary Frances Berry opens a week-long celebration on January 21-25 of Saint Michael's 21st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation. The week, titled, "A Call to Conscience:  Martin Luther King and the Ongoing Struggle for Civil Rights," is a program to heighten awareness of King's legacy, promote conversation about issues surrounding civil rights and racism, and involve the community in exploring the relevance of King's work in the present day.

mary frances berryWith her talk, "A Hopeful Time: The American Conscience and the 2012 Elections", Mary Frances Berry, a Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania since 1987, begins the week. Dr. Berry received her Ph.D. in history and her doctor of law degrees from the University of Michigan. She is the author of ten books including Power in Words: The Stories behind Barack Obama's Speeches, from the State House to the White House with Josh Gottheimer (2010), And Justice For All: The United States Commission On Civil Rights And the Struggle For Freedom in America (2009); and others. From 1980 to 2004, Dr. Berry was a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and from 1993-2004 she was named to chair the commission by President Clinton. She was also Provost of the University of Maryland and Chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Renowned for her vision of social freedom and equality and for her wisdom and candor, Mary Frances Berry is a major figure in American public life.

The week is sponsored by Martin Luther King Jr. Society, Student Life, Health Services, Multicultural Programming Committee, Student Activities, Athletic Department, VP for Student Affairs, Sodexho, Campus Ministry, Diversity Coalition, and the VP for Academic Affairs. Special thanks to designer Summer Drexel and the Martin Luther King Convocation Committee.

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