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Martin Luther King Convocation and Related Activities Announced at FSU

The Spring 2002 Martin Luther King Convocation at Frostburg State University will take place on Wednesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center's Pealer Recital Hall.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Lea Williams, executive director of the Women's Leadership Institute at Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C., and former vice president for Educational Services at the United Negro College Fund in New York. A scholar and writer, she is author of "Servants of the People: The 1960's Legacy of African American Leadership."

Williams will participate in a series of workshops, discussions groups and other activities at FSU on April 15 through 17 as part of a three-day residency in leadership, non-violence and African American Studies.

Describing herself as "an educator by training and experience, a teacher by temperament and a writer by passion," Williams has received the Kentucky State University Distinguished Service Award, the Hilda A. Davis Award for Educational Leadership of the National Association for Women in Education and the Paducah Black Historian Achievement Award in Education. She holds an M.S. and Ed.D. from Columbia University and an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her article "Missing, Presumed Lost: Teachers of Color in the Nation's Classrooms," published in Black Collegian, won the 1989 Unity Award in Media for education reporting.

The Convocation is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, President's Advisory Council on Diversity, Faculty Development Committee, the Department of Student and Community Involvement, the African-American Studies Program, Communication Studies and the Leadership Studies Minor Program.

As part of FSU's Scholar-in-Residence Program, Williams will meet with student leaders for a discussion and dinner on Monday, April 15. The sponsors for this event are the Department of Student and Community Involvement, the Communication Studies Program and the Leadership Studies Minor.

On Tuesday, April 16, she will present a lecture/discussion, "African American Leaders, Then and Now," from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Lane University Center. This presentation, which is free and open to the public, will focus on African American leaders of the Civil Rights movement, their legacy for minority leadership and the role of campuses in emerging paradigms of minority leadership in the 21st century. A reception will immediately follow the program. Sponsors include the Faculty Development Committee, African American Studies Minor, Communication Studies Program and Leadership Studies Minor.

Later Tuesday evening, the MLK Speak Out Program will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Lane University Center Loft. Students, faculty, staff and the public are invited to this celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Participants will perform live musical selections, engage in creative readings and short stories and display artwork. Norma Blacke Bourdeau, a professor of African American Studies, English and Philosophy at FSU, will serve as the program facilitator. Sponsors for the event are Center Stage, United Campus Ministry and Catholic Campus Ministry.

On Wednesday, April 17, a Community Service Project is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the FSU Arboretum. For the fourth year, FSU's national service programs invite the public to serve alongside A STAR! and Allen Hall STARS! AmeriCorps members honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The day's service projects will include trail maintenance and placing and securing a gazebo for classroom instruction that will be available for faculty, staff and local teachers. The event's sponsors are the A STAR! in Western Maryland AmeriCorps Program and the Allen HallSTARS! Learning Community. For information, contact Sean King at (301) 687-4210 or

After Wednesday evening's Convocation, Williams will conduct a book signing in PAC lobby. Books will be available for purchase from Main Street Books of Frostburg.

For more information, contact Bill Mandicott at (301) 687-4151 or Dr. Philip Allen at (301) 687-4141.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
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