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TO: Faculty, Staff and Students

FROM: Mark C. Reed, Ed.D., President

RE: Congressman John Lewis to Visit Campus

I am pleased to announce that prominent civil rights leader and esteemed Congressman John Lewis (GA) will visit Saint Joseph’s University on Monday, April 16, to deliver an address at 10 a.m., in the Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena.

This visit is very special as it coincides with the University’s year-long commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s campus visit fifty years ago. Congressman Lewis was a close friend of Dr. King and considered him a mentor. He will no doubt share personal stories and recollections with our campus community and add depth to our own study of Dr. King’s legacy, already well underway.

We are honored to have this steadfast civil rights champion visit our campus. Congressman Lewis embodies all that we strive to nurture in our own students — empathy, courage, commitment, action and unwavering service to justice. Our community is grateful to the MLK 50th Anniversary Commemoration Planning Committee, led by Dr. Monica Nixon and Dr. Randall Miller, for their work in scheduling thoughtful and impactful programming around this important event in SJU’s history.

Congressman Lewis is the recipient of the 2011 Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama, along with numerous national and international awards including the Lincoln Medal from the historic Ford’s Theatre and the only John F. Kennedy “Profile in Courage Award” for Lifetime Achievement ever granted by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. For more information on Congressman Lewis, read the press release about his visit.

While the April 16 event is free and open to the public, tickets are required, and may be obtained online .
 
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