KCC Center for Diversity and Innovation to host “Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King” event Jan. 13

KCC CDI guest event speaker Dr. Julianne Malveaux.

The Center for Diversity and Innovation at Kellogg Community College will host a guest speaker this month to discuss the significance of Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy in what is currently a sensitive political climate in the United States.

The event, titled “The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King in the Era of Donald Trump,” will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at the Kool Family Community Center, 200 Michigan Ave. W, Battle Creek. Labor economist, noted author and commentator Dr. Julianne Malveaux (pictured) will be the keynote speaker.

The event is free and open to the public and will include an engaging presentation and discussion, including Malveaux’s thoughts on what King’s work as a civil rights leader in the 1960s means in the context of today’s politics.

Malveaux has spoken and written widely on the topics of race, culture and gender and their economic impacts since earning a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980. She has served on the faculty at several schools across the country and was president of Bennett College, a historically black liberal arts college for women, from 2007 to 2012.

Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Black Issues in Higher Education; Essence; Ms. Magazine; The Progressive; and USA Today; and in weekly columns appearing in newspapers across the country from 1990 to 2003. She also has hosted television and radio programs and appeared widely as a commentator on networks including ABC, BET, CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC, NBC, PBS and others.

Malveaux currently serves as honorary co-chair of the Social Action Commission of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc., and on the boards of the Economic Policy Institute and the Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, D.C. A native San Franciscan, she is owner and president of Economic Education, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit headquartered in Washington, D.C.

For more information about the KCC CDI’s upcoming “Legacy” event, contact CDI Program Assistant Sara Johnson at 269-565-2107. For more information about Dr. Julianne Malveaux, visit www.speakoutnow.org/speaker/malveaux-dr-julianne#undefined.

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