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Jan. 28, 2005
Contact: Joshua Hollis
Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to speak at MUW
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- On Tuesday, Feb.15, in honor of Black History Month, Mississippi University for Women will play host to Dr. Alveda C. King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
A native of Birmingham, Ala., King has a distinguished career as a civil rights activist and speaker.
She serves as a college professor and holds a master’s in business management from Central Michigan University. She also has studied journalism and sociology, which she said helped her to become a published author.
Her best selling book “I Don’t Want Your Man, I Want My Own!” is a collection of Christian testimonies and is used at conferences and workshops worldwide.
She has served on the Georgia State House of Representatives for four years.
King for America, the Alveda King-founded organization, is a “faith based organization whose purpose is to enrich the lives of people spiritually, socially, intellectually and economically.”
Currently, the organization is focused on “school choice,” which King said is the most pressing civil rights issue right now.
An MUW alumnus, who is close to King, referred her to MUW as a potential speaker.
Iika Taylor McCarter, director of Diversity Education and Programs, said she “felt that [King’s] story would be a great one to tell,” as she’s always been intrigued by the Martin Luther King Jr. legacy.
King is also excited about her appearance.
She said, “I am always blessed to speak on college campuses, because our young people are always the hope of our future.”
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