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Shirley Jackson to Present Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Address at U of I

January 16, 2019

MOSCOW, Idaho — Jan. 16, 2019 — Portland State University Professor Shirley Jackson will deliver the keynote address during the University of Idaho’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration events at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Vandal Ballroom of the Bruce M. Pitman Center in Moscow.

Jackson is a professor and chair of black studies at Portland State University, where she studies race/ethnicity, gender and social movements. She is the editor of "The Handbook of Race, Class and Gender" and co-editor of "Caged Women: Incarceration, Representation and Media." She is also the 2016 recipient of the Society for the Study of Social Problems Doris Wilkinson Faculty Leadership Award. Jackson will speak on learning from Martin Luther King Jr., his vision and the work needed to achieve a more equitable society.

The keynote address is one of several events on the U of I campus meant to honor the life and legacy of King. Other events include the 26th annual Latah County Human Rights Task Force Martin Luther King Jr./Human Rights Community Breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Moscow Middle School Multi-Purpose Room. U of I Diversity Scholars will also collect canned food for the Vandal Food Pantry as part of a day of service Monday, Jan. 21, and U of I students are invited to take part in an art and essay contest on the theme of economic justice.

Presented by U of I’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, the events are meant to commemorate the timeless values King taught us through his example – values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service.

A complete list of Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration events is available on the event website.

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Alejandra Gonzalez
Office of Multicultural Affairs

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