UPDATE: Due to safety and health concerns around COVID-19, this event has been cancelled as a precautionary measure.
Dr. Bernice A. King, the executive director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (the King Center) is the 2020 University of Wisconsin-Platteville Distinguished Lecturer. The speech is Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 10:15 a.m. in the Bo Ryan Court, Williams Fieldhouse. The 45-minute lecture will be followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session.
Classes, labs and lessons will be canceled at all three UW-Platteville campuses from 10 a.m. until noon. The presentation will be live streamed to UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County and UW-Platteville Richland.
King is the author of “Hard Questions, Hard Answers: Sermons and Speeches” and is director of the center founded in 1968 by her mother, Coretta Scott King. Bernice King is the youngest daughter of civil rights activists Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. She was five when her father was assassinated in 1968.
Every spring, UW-Platteville brings in nationally and internationally known speakers for free presentations for students, faculty, staff and community members. Some of the past lecturers include autism activist Temple Grandin (2018), former Pioneer national championship basketball coach Bo Ryan (2016), Titanic discoverer Robert Ballard (2012), White House reporter Helen Thomas (2006) and Schindler’s List survivor Zev Kedem (2002).