Historic King speech anchoring USF’s ‘Future of Education’ presentations

| May 24, 2013
Dr. Derek King photo

Dr. Derek King, nephew of Dr. Martin Luther King, is scheduled to speak at the Legacy of Peace Luncheon. (Photo: Bennie Edwards)

Frost Illustrated Staff Report

FORT WAYNE—The nephew of perhaps the world’s greatest civil and human rights icon is slated to kick off a landmark event early next week.

On June 5, the University of St. Francis is scheduled to host a series of gatherings designed to highlight the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s views on education and how they can be used to shape today’s world.

The day is scheduled to begin with the Legacy of Peace Luncheon from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., featuring Dr. Derek King, nephew of the renowned Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Dexter King is scheduled to discuss “education as a catalyst for peace.” His address will come 50 years to the day that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Fort Wayne to speak.

The Rev. Dr. Derek King Sr., nephew of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is the son of the Rev. A.D. King. Dr. Derek King currently serves as full time professor of religious studies at Martin University in Indianapolis, but also has embraced the family legacy of civil and human rights advocacy. A certified conflict reconciliation trainer, he conducts workshops and seminars focusing on the use of nonviolent strategies to seek justice and eliminate racism, discrimination, oppression and violence in society.

Dr. Derek King ventured to Fort Wayne just last year when he spoke at the dedication of the renowned Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge. The luncheon, and the day’s following events are scheduled to be held in the University of St. Francis Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry St.—site of the former Scottish Rite building and the site of Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1963 address. Tickets for the event are $12 and must be purchased in advance from the Fort Wayne Urban League, 2135 S. Hanna St., or online at legacyofpeace.eventbrite.com. For more information, call the Fort Wayne Urban League at (260) 745-3100.

The day’s focus is scheduled to continue with a free panel discussion entitled “The Future of Education—Connecting to Careers, Educating for Peace,” from 4:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., again in the USF Performing Arts Center. The discussion of a long-range view of education and its intersection with partnerships leading to careers will coincide with the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech on social justice, ironically given in that same facility.

“Dr. King made clear his vision that special night, June 5, 1963, in Fort Wayne,” said University of Saint Francis President Sister M. Elise Kriss, OSF. “Fifty years later, the university still numbers education and a peaceful environment among its most important community objectives. This event brings us all together to consider coming needs in terms of career preparation and educating for peace.”

A presentation by keynote speaker Glenda Ritz, Indiana superintendent of public instruction, is the scheduled highlight, as she shares her thoughts on leading education into the future. A panel of education experts at all levels also will examine key facets of the interrelationship between careers and the instruction required for those looking to the future. Insights on how education is evolving and partnering to connect graduates with careers—including project-based learning, New Tech high schools and strategic alliances—will be discussed.

Two sessions will provide a multi-leveled look at education in the future, and examine ways in which education becomes the great equalizer in terms of opportunity and social justice.

That 4:30 p.m. session is scheduled to be followed from 7:15 p.m. to 9 p.m., by a round-table discussion with educators and others on using education to decrease community violence. Among those scheduled to serve on the round-table are:

• Mark D. Myers, Ph.D., secretariat for the Office of Catholic Education, Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend;

• J. Andrew Prall, Ph.D., vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Saint Francis;

• Jonathan Ray, president/CEO, Fort Wayne Urban League;

• Wendy Y. Robinson, Ed.D., superintendent, Fort Wayne Community Schools, and

• Alan Veach, director of Regional Development, New Technology Network.

A complimentary boxed meal will be provided to registrants for the second session.

The free event is sponsored by the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne Urban League and WANE-TV 15, Fort Wayne. Registration is required for both sessions. Register at www.futureofeducation2013.eventbrite.com by May 31.

Interested persons can direct questions to Jane Swiss at jswiss@sf.edu or (260) 399-7700, ext. 8414. Complimentary parking is available across from the event center at 431 W. Berry St.

The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. The university’s College of Adult Learning designs focused curriculum for working adults by offering online and accelerated programs, through its Virtual, Fort Wayne and Crown Point campuses. More than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence.

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