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Activist to speak at Wittenberg’s annual King Convocation

HOW TO GO

What: Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Convocation

Where: Weaver Chapel, Wittenberg University campus, 200 West Ward St., Springfield

When: Monday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m.

Admission: No cost

More info: 937-206-3539 or jfox@wittenberg.edu

Wittenberg University will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with its annual commemorative convocation.

Maya Wiley, the founder and president of the Center for Social Inclusion, will be the guest speaker for this Wittenberg Series event at 11 a.m. Monday in Weaver Chapel on campus.

The convocation is free to the public. An academic procession with faculty will be a part of the event.

“This is a way for the school to honor Dr. King and his fight for civil rights and so people don’t forget the reason for the day,” said Jeannine Fox, coordinator of the Wittenberg convocation series.

The series has had a varied group of speakers, including many who worked directly with King. Wiley represents a younger generation that has kept his work going.

Wiley is a civil rights attorney who worked with racial justice programs in the United States and South Africa. Her center, based in New York, was created to identify structural racial inequality and work for policy change for fair distribution of resources.

A question-and-answer session with Wiley will follow the convocation at 2 p.m. in room 105 of the Shouvlin Center.

“We still haven’t reached Dr. King’s dream, but we’ve come a long way and found a number of younger people, like Maya, to carry the torch,” said Fox.