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Coretta Scott King to speak at Miami

10/09/2004

Coretta Scott King will speak at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, in Miami University's Millett Hall. Her topic is: "Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere: Civil Rights and the Problems of Inclusion."

One of the most influential African-American leaders of her time, King has become an international icon for her efforts to promote nonviolent social change. She has traveled the globe speaking out on issues including racial and economic justice, women's and children's rights, gay and lesbian dignity, religious freedom and nuclear disarmament.

As the wife of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., she was at the forefront of the civil rights movement. While raising their four children King joined her husband on demonstrations throughout the South, spoke at rallies and organized fund-raising events at which she lectured and sang.

Born and raised in Alabama, King received a bachelor's degree in music and education from Antioch College and a degree in voice and violin from Boston's New England Conservatory of Music.

After the assassination of her husband in 1968, King founded the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change as a living memorial to his life and dream. As the center's president and chief executive officer she has maintained a high public profile in the United States and abroad.

King's talk is sponsored by the office of GLBT services, the office of student affairs, the Etheridge Center for Reflective Leadership and the Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute, and co-sponsored by Spectrum and the Black Student Action Association.

The lecture is open to the public; free tickets are available through the box office at Shriver Center, 529-3200.

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