‘From Dr. King to Mr. President’ to be subject of town hall meeting at Auburn University Jan. 15

AUBURN – “From Dr. King to Mr. President: The African-American Journey from Civil Rights to the White House” will be the topic of a town hall meeting on Thursday, Jan. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. in room 2222 of the Auburn University Student Center. This event is open to the public.

Auburn University Associate Professor of History David Carter will moderate as university experts guide a discussion on the symbolism of the election of Barack Obama as president in relation to Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision for America. The forum also will explore the international, economic, social and cultural implications.

“We want to examine what Barack Obama’s election as president means for African-Americans,” said the Rev. Dr. Wells Warren, Episcopal Chaplain to Auburn University. “Dr. King gave his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech in the nation’s capitol almost 50 years ago, and we want to talk about that dream of equality and opportunity for all Americans.”

The town hall meeting is part of the 10th annual celebration of King’s life and ministry and is sponsored by St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Auburn. The event is co-sponsored by the Auburn University College of Liberal Arts Diversity Officers Team.

Contact: Nan Fairley, (334) 844-4593 (fairlln@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)