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Dominican Commemorates Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Dominican University is celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through a series of activities inspired by the late civil rights leader. For more information on these events, visit and engageDU.

The commemoration of "Martin Luther King, Jr. and Human Rights...An Incomplete Journey," kicked off on Saturday, January 19 with a powerful evening of dance with Lula Washington Dance Theatre. The company, which incorporates a mix of African, modern, classical ballet and hip-hop genres to explore social and humanitarian issues, ended its rousing performance with an invitation to the audience to join the group on stage.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Lecture was delivered by WBEZ reporter and author Natalie Moore on Tuesday, January 22. The event was held in conjunction with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Oak Park's Fair Housing Ordinance.  Moore's lecture, "Examining Segregation 50 Years After the Fair Housing Act," was followed by a panel discussion featuring Prexy Nesbitt, an international civil rights activist, who shared his experiences with King during the fair housing march through Chicago's Marquette Park in 1966; Maria Krysan, a University of Illinois-Chicago sociology professor, author and board member of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center, who discussed what the housing center is doing to maintain residential integration in Oak Park; and Frank Lipo, executive director of the Oak Park River Forest Historical Society, who provided a historical context for Oak Park's Fair Housing Ordinance.

Upcoming events include the following:

Wednesday, January 30, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch and Learn with the Beloved Community. Borra Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, Parmer Hall

Tuesday, February 19, 6:30 p.m. Open Mic sponsored by the Black Student Union. Coughlin Commons

Thursday, February 28, 6:30 p.m. Better Together Coffee House. Mazzuchelli Hall, 298

Friday, March 22, 6:30 p.m. Tabet Poetry Reading with Eve Ewing. Lund Auditorium

April 8, 10 and 11, "The Power and Mystery of Archive," Siena Center mini-course with Verne Harris, director of the Nelson Mandela Foundation's Center for Archive and Dialogue and Dominican University Follett Chair. Parmer Hall 115A

Tuesday, April 16, 6 p.m. "A Time to Remember, A Time to Forget: Fred Hampton, Nelson Mandela and the Work of Memory," Follett Lecture with Verne Harris. Martin Recital Hall