North Central College - Naperville, IL

Alumni panel to discuss 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. visit

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Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

Jan. 12, 2010--The public is invited to hear a panel of distinguished North Central College alumni discuss the 50th anniversary of the historic visit and speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the College's Naperville campus.

North Central alumni and friends who had personal contact with Dr. King will share their experiences and reflect on their encounters with the great civil rights leader during the panel discussion "Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, in the College's Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St.

Panel members include:
• Rev. George St. Angelo, Class of 1943, was North Central's chaplain from 1955 to 1966 and invited Dr. King to speak in 1960.
• Rev. Robert Harman, Class of 1959, marched and was arrested with Dr. King in Chicago in 1966.
• Rev. Dr. Kwame John Porter was a founder of Operation PUSH and key organizer for Dr. King in Chicago during the summer of 1966.
• Rev. Thomas Reinhart-Marean, Class of 1967, helped organize North Central's student trip to Selma, Ala., in March 1965.
• Dr. Doward Douwsma, Class of 1961, is a retired professor of business management and former editor of the College's student newspaper.
• Katheryn Agne Dutenhaver, Class of 1960, is a law professor specializing in mediation at DePaul University and was an adult chaperone on the trip to Selma.
Refreshments will be served during a reception following the panel discussion.

The discussion is among several events this week commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's visit to North Central College. On King's birthday, Friday, Jan. 15, civil rights champion and author Dr. Cornel West will speak at 7 p.m. from the same stage and lectern as Martin Luther King Jr. did in 1960. Doors open at 6 p.m. in North Central's Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $10; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit http://northcentralcollege.edu/show.

On Saturday, Jan. 16, the Chicago Sinfonietta will mark the life and work of Dr. King with an unforgettable performance of "The Dream Lives on: Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." at 8 p.m. in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The Chicago Sinfonietta is the nation's most diverse symphony and will conclude their concert with audience participation of the spiritual "We Shall Overcome." Tickets are $50 and $40; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit http://northcentralcollege.edu/show.

On Monday, Jan. 18, the College will host its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast for students at 7 a.m. in the Harold and Eva White Activities Center, 325 E. Benton Ave. The guest speaker will be North Central alumnus Rev. Robert Harman. This event is by invitation only; however, all other events are open to the public.

At noon on Jan. 18, the College will present a panel discussion on the leadership qualities of Dr. King during the civil rights movement. The panel will meet in the Harold and Eva White Activities Center, 325 E. Benton Ave., and includes members who were eye witnesses to Dr. King. They are
• Rev. George St. Angelo, Class of 1943, was North Central's chaplain from 1955 to 1966 and invited Dr. King to speak in 1960.
• Rev. Robert Harman, Class of 1959, marched and was arrested with Dr. King in Chicago in 1966.
• Rev. Robert Burkhart, Class of 1961, is a retired United Methodist pastor who heard Dr. King speak during the College's chapel service in 1960 and became active in the civil rights movement.
• Rev. Thomas Reinhart-Marean, Class of 1967, is a United Methodist pastor who helped organize the student trip to Selma, Ala., in March 1965.

Founded in 1861, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in six areas. Located in the Historic District of Naperville, Illinois, North Central College is just 28 minutes from Chicago's Loop. With more than 2,798 undergraduate and graduate students, North Central College is committed to academic excellence, a climate that emphasizes leadership, ethics, values and service, a curriculum that balances job-related knowledge with a liberal arts foundation and a caring environment with small classes.

North Central College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It is recognized as one of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report, which cites it as one of the top six schools in the Midwest for "Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching"; as "a college for high-achieving students" by Peterson's Competitive Colleges; as one of "America's Best Colleges" by Forbes; among a select number of schools profiled in Kaplan's Unofficial Insider's Guide to the 320 Most Interesting Colleges; and as one of Princeton Review's "Best in the Midwest" Colleges.

Nicor has partially underwritten the address by Dr. Cornel West and Chicago Sinfonietta performance.

01-12-2010