As Mercyhurst College continues its yearlong "Beyond the Dream" observance, an initiative designed to examine the Civil Rights Movement and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the occasion of what would have been his 80th birthday, the college welcomes historian John H. Bracey Jr. to campus Monday, Dec. 15.
Bracey will speak on "My Encounters with Malcolm X & Martin Luther King, Jr.: An Historian's Perspective" at 7:30 p.m. in Taylor Little Theatre. His lecture is free and open to the public.
Bracey has taught in the W.E. B. Dubois Afro-American Studies Department of the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 1972. His lifelong research interests have focused on the ways that African Americans have conceptualized their existence in the United States and how they have organized themselves both to survive and to struggle against the existing obstacles, with a particular focus on social and political movements and ideologies since the 1880's.
Mercyhurst President Dr. Thomas J. Gamble commended the "Beyond the Dream" organizers and their tireless efforts in bringing the academic year's events to fruition. Organizers include Dr. John Olszowka, Dr. Christina Riley-Brown, Dr. Laura Lewis, Rebecca Ryan, Dr. Brian Reed, Dr. Marnie Sullivan, Dr. Chris Magoc and Pertrina Marrero.
Further, Gamble said the initiative's goal - to deepen our understanding of the issues that fueled both the Civil Rights Movement and King's vision of social justice - complements Mercyhurst's own core values as stated in our mission: We are socially merciful, globally responsible, compassionately hospitable, intellectually creative, and reflectively aware ambassadors of service.
For a listing of "Beyond the Dream" events for 2009, visit http://www.mercyhurst.edu/news/media/beyond_the_dream.html.