Martin Luther King III to discuss continuation of his father’s dream at Garvey Lecture Series events April 19-20

News Date: 
Tue. 04/16/2013

Martin Luther King III, the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will discuss the continuation of his father’s dream for equality and justice for all people during the Willard and Jean Garvey Lecture Series at Friends University April 19. The lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Auditorium in the Davis Administration Building on the Friends University campus. 

“We are pleased to have Mr. King be part of our lecture series, especially as this is the 50th anniversary of the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. We’ve had an overwhelming community response. Tickets are required and there have been none available for the Friday night lecture since February,” said Dr. Dixie Madden, program director of the Master in Business Law program and director of the Garvey Institute of Law. 

The Garvey Lecture Series will also host a sold-out Multicultural Community Forum Saturday, April 20, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at University Friends Church, 1840 W. University Ave. A diverse panel, including King, will discuss “Continuing the Dream in Wichita.” Other panelists include:  

Reuben Eckels, B.A., M.Div.; pastor, New Day Christian Church
Dixie Madden, J.D., LL.M.; director, Garvey Institute of Law

Dockum Sit-In Group:
Galyn Vesey, Ph.D., ACSW; project director, Research on Black Wichita:  1945 – 1958

African American Community:
Brandon Johnson, Wichita State University student; executive director of Community Operations Recovery Empowerment (CORE)

Asian Community:
Mandy Yip, Wichita State University student

Anglo American Community:
Sarah Stahmer, Friends University student
Britney Speer, Friends University student

Hispanic Community:
Ernestor De La Rosa, B.A.; Wichita State University (M.P.A.) student

Muslim Community:
Maher Musleh, B.A., M.B.A.; coordinator of Muslim Public Affairs Council

Native American Community:
Ponka-We Victors, B.A., M.A.; Kansas House representative 

Dr. Madden noted this year’s lecture is dedicated to Jean Kindel Garvey, who died in January. The Garvey Institute of Law was established at Friends University in 2003 to fulfill the vision of her husband, Willard. The Institute sponsors an annual lecture and supports the Master of Business Law program, which provides an in-depth understanding of the law and the American free enterprise system.

“Jean looked forward to attending this annual lecture, and we will miss her sitting in the front row listening intently and thoughtfully this year,” Dr. Madden said. “We are grateful to Jean and Willard for their gift that allows us to bring in speakers of such high caliber for the lecture series.”

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