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Distinguished speakers to participate in MLK events

Jeff Unger, News Bureau


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A Boeing Co. executive and the head of the Black American Studies Program at Southern Illinois University are among the speakers scheduled to participate in free, public events this month honoring the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Joyce Tucker, the vice president for global diversity and employee rights for Boeing, will deliver the keynote address during the Countywide Day of Celebration, which begins at 4 p.m. Jan. 18 (Friday) at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., Champaign. The theme of the event is “transforming our communities through peace and justice.” University of Illinois music professor Ollie Watts Davis will lead the U. of I. Black Chorus during the event, which will be followed by a reception.

The Rev. Joseph Brown, the director of the Black American Studies Program at SIU, will give the keynote speech Jan. 20 (Sunday) beginning at 5 p.m. in the Great Hall at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana.

Among the U. of I. sponsors of the events are the offices of the chancellor and of the provost.

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