The annual Martin Luther King Jr. banquet and discussion, co-sponsored by Cameron University and Cameron Campus Ministry and originally scheduled for Monday, January 21, has been moved to Monday, February 18, due to a scheduling conflict from the speaker. Special guest Myrlie Evers-Williams will address this year’s theme, “Leadership By Action,” during her keynote presentation. The rescheduled event will take place in the Aggie Rec Center and will start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students and are available by calling Cameron Campus Ministry at 580-357-7226.
Tickets purchased for the original date are valid for the rescheduled event. Patrons who have already purchased tickets and are unable to attend on the new date can contact Cameron Campus Ministry for a refund.
In addition, the discussion originally slated for January 21 will also take place at 5 p.m. on Monday, February 18, in the CETES Conference Center. Evers-Williams will discuss her book, “Us, The Living” during this casual presentation. The discussion is open to the public at no charge.
Cameron University’s participation in the nationwide Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service will proceed as planned on Monday, January 21.
From the moment Myrlie Evers-Williams faced the murder of her husband, civil rights activist Medgar Evers, she became a pivotal figure in the civil rights movement. For over three decades, she has fought to carry on his legacy, never relenting in her determination to change the face of race relations in this country.
Channeling her personal tragedy into triumph, Evers-Williams has become a symbol of courage and perseverance, steadfast in her march towards social justice. She made history in becoming the first female chairperson to lead the NAACP. Elected during a tumultuous time when the nation’s oldest civil rights organization was rife with financial troubles and scandal, her leadership rejuvenated the agency, helping ensure its relevance for generations to come.
Evers-Williams founded the Medgar Evers Institute to promote education, training, and economic development while exposing new generations of students to the cause for which her husband died. She was also instrumental in launching “Youth for Unity,” a diversity education program designed to fight injustice and intolerance.
She does not rest, driven by strength and faith, determined not to allow lessons of the past to be forgotten. Aiming to infuse the youth of today with hope, tolerance, and an understanding of the struggles our nation has faced, Evers-Williams encourages everyone to work together: “If we can help them understand the past and encourage them to creatively address today’s human rights challenges, they will be in a much better position to help shape the future.”
The 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration is co-sponsored by Cameron Campus Ministry and Cameron University. For more information, please contact Cameron Campus Ministry at (580) 357-7226.
December 31, 2012