Kasim Reed, current mayor of Atlanta, will be a featured speaker at one of Northwestern University’s Chicago campus 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration panel discussions on Tuesday, January 11. The lecture, Symbols of Change: The Story of Georgia's Flag, is a part of a week-long series of events scheduled on Northwestern’s Chicago campus in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.
Reed, the 59th Mayor of Atlanta, was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1998 to 2002. He was officially inaugurated as Mayor of Atlanta on January 4, 2010, and was actively involved in efforts to prevent the Georgia State Senate from considering reinserting the battle emblem of the Confederate States of America in the official state flag of Georgia.
In addition to the program, which will start at noon in Lincoln Hall at the Law School, the Chicago campus events will include a series of lectures, service outings, and discussions the week prior to the commemoration program. View program schedule.
The celebration is presented by the Day to Recognize the Efforts and Achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King (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 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.
Northwestern will suspend classes Monday, January 17, on both campuses for a University-wide, full-day observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day federal holiday. (All other University operations will function that day.) For more information about events on the Chicago campus and the Evanston campus, please visit the Northwestern University MLK web site.