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Coretta Scott King Center Holds Annual MLK Lecture Jan. 17

(Yellow Springs, Ohio, Jan. 12, 2017) – A nationally known figure in the social justice movement will be the keynote speaker at the Coretta Scott King Center (CSKC) for Cultural and Intellectual Freedom’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Tues., Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Wellness Center, South Gym, on the campus of Antioch College.

Rev. Traci Blackmon, acting executive director of the United Church of Christ (UCC) Justice and Witness Ministries, will be the keynote speaker. A prominent activist, pastor and teacher, she was appointed to President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Rev. Blackmon became nationally recognized as a prominent voice for social change when Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, MO, just miles from Christ the King UCC in Florissant, MO, where she serves as pastor. Described as a “game changer, and a voice for new civil rights in America,” Rev. Blackmon has been seen and heard throughout the nation speaking out against injustice.
Also, the CSKC will present its 2017 MLK Drum Major for Justice Award. The award is presented annually to an Antioch College faculty or staff member in recognition of their commitment to social justice, diversity and inclusion.

Additionally, the CSKC will host a gathering on Mon., Jan. 16 at 9 a.m., in advance of the Village of Yellow Springs’ annual MLK Walk.

The Coretta Scott King Center for Cultural and Intellectual Freedom facilitates learning, dialogue and action to advance social justice. Coretta Scott King, an Antioch College alumna, granted the College the use of her name for a specific curriculum and program that would provide education, awareness and advocacy around issues of social justice and diversity.

The MLK Celebration is sponsored by the Antioch College Office of the President and the CSKC. Admission to the event is free. For additional information, contact Mila Cooper, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Director of the CSKC, at (937) 319-0123, or