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Widow of Slain Civil Rights Leader to Keynote Northeastern University's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation

Contact: John Natale at 617-373-2802

What: Myrlie Evers-Williams, NAACP chair emeritus and widow of slain Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar Evers, will deliver the keynote address at Northeastern University’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation.

When: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Where: Northeastern’s Blackman Auditorium, located near Huntington Avenue Attendees are invited to a reception and question and answer session with Mrs. Evers-Williams immediately following the convocation at the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute on 40 Leon Street.

Event Details: Northeastern’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation is a commemoration of Dr. King’s legacy, particularly his commitment and contribution to the struggle for social justice and human rights, both in the United States and worldwide.

The University is honored to host keynote speaker Mrs. Myrlie Evers-Williams, author of two books: Watch Me Fly: What I Learned on the Way to Becoming the Woman I Was Meant to Be and For Us the Living. Mrs. Evers-Williams received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Northeastern University in 2005 .

About Northeastern: Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in interdisciplinary research, urban engagement, and the integration of classroom learning with real-world experience. The university’s distinctive cooperative education program, where students alternate semesters of full-time study with semesters of paid work in fields relevant to their professional interests and major, is one of the largest and most innovative in the world. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in six undergraduate colleges, eight graduate schools, and two part-time divisions. For more information, please visit www.northeastern.edu.