Author Tim Wise, one of the most prominent anti-racism writers and activists in the United States, will be the keynote speaker at Northwestern University’s 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration on Monday, Jan. 19, at noon in Thorne Auditorium on the University’s Chicago campus.
Wise is the author of "White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son" and "Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White." He has contributed essays to 17 books and is one of several persons featured in "White Man Challenging Racism: Thirty-Five Personal Stories." A collection of his essays, "Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections from an Angry White Male" was released in September 2008.
In addition to the keynote program, Northwestern's Chicago campus observance will include a series of lectures, service outings, and discussions. The MLK Lecture Series will be held Monday, Jan. 12 through Thursday, Jan. 15. A volunteer fair will take place in the Thorne Auditorium Lobby on Jan. 15. All of the events are free and open to the public.
A full schedule of Chicago campus King Day events is available online. For additional information on all University King Day events, click here.
The Chicago campus celebration is presented by the D.R.E.A.M. committee in collaboration with the Law School and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
D.R.E.A.M. is the acronym for Day to Recognize the Efforts and Achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an organization of University administrators and students that coordinates lectures and programs to inform faculty, staff, and students on the Chicago campus about the teachings and contributions of Dr. King.