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April 5, 2016



Reminder: Faculty members to discuss legacy of César Chávez and Martin Luther King Jr. in panel presentation April 7

By Doug Benson

Three faculty members will discuss the legacy of César Chávez and Martin Luther King Jr., the two most famous American practitioners of Gandhian nonviolence, and the events that were leading them toward a common vision in philosophy and practice, though they never met in person. The presentation will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in 21 Bluemont Hall. 

Panel members and presentations will include: 

Yolanda Broyles-González, Yaqui, university distinguished professor and head of the American ethnic studies department, will present "César Chávez in Indigenous Perspective: Envisioning a Just Society."

David L. Griffin Sr., assistant dean and director of the Center for Student and Professional Services, College of Education, will present "Reflections on Memphis, April 4, 1968."

Douglas K. Benson, emeritus professor of Spanish language, culture and literature, will present "César Chávez and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968: Building Toward an Alliance."

After the program the audience is invited to participate in a discussion about how the vision of these advocates for nonviolence can inform us in our work today.

The presentation is sponsored by Alianza and the Hispanic American Leadership Organization, the Black Faculty Staff Alliance, Black Student Union, the Office of Diversity, the American ethnic studies department and the College of Education.

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