Adams State will celebrate Martin Luther King


Dr. Yohuru R. Williams

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., Adams State University will host author and activist Dr. Yohuru R. Williams. His keynote address, "The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement," will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in Carson Auditorium, located in the Student Union Building.

Williams earned his Ph. D. at Howard University and is an American academic, author and activist. He is currently a professor of history and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University and former chief historian of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Williams is an education activist and noted scholar about the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. Diverse magazine named William one of its Top 10 Emerging Scholars under 40 in 2009. He is the author of numerous books and scholarly articles including The Black Panthers: Portraits from an Unfinished Revolution; Rethinking the Black Freedom Movement; Liberated Territory: Untold Local Perspectives on the Black Panther Party; Teaching U.S. History Beyond the Textbook, and Black Politics/White Power: Civil Rights Black Power and Black Panthers in New Haven.

Dr. Ed Crowther, ASU professor of history, will also present a lecture, "Martin Luther King, Jr.: More than a Dead Guy with a Day," at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 18, in Porter Hall room 130.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information call 719-587-7771.