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Jan. 17, 2005

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bernice King, the youngest daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., will speak Thursday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University as part of the university's celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. It is free to the public and will be followed by a book-signing in Walls Lounge of the Elaine Langone Center.

"Elder King is an powerful speaker whose message is dynamic and thought-provoking," said Linda Thomas-Buchanan, associate dean of students at Bucknell. "We are honored and privileged to host the daughter of the `man behind the movement.'"

King began her public-speaking career at age 17 when she addressed the United Nations in her mother's stead. She has spoken in such places as The White House, DuPont Corp., AT&T and the Department of Defense as well as in Australia, Germany and Argentina.

A graduate of Spelman College, King holds a master of divinity and a doctor of law degree, both from Emory University. She worked as a law clerk in the Fulton County Juvenile Court system. She is an ordained minister at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Bishop Eddie L. Long.

She has served as mentor to fifth grade girls at an Atlanta elementary school; was instrumental in organizing coalitions to close a pornographic shop close to the local high school; and assisted The Dow Company in building a Habitat for Humanity home. King also has coordinated non-violent conflict resolution conferences, taught a year-long leadership development course, and conducted a class on race relations at Mississippi College.

The author of Hard Questions, Heart Answers, King has been featured on such shows as Oprah, BET Talk with Tavis Smiley and the Judge Hatchett Show. She has appeared in such magazines as People, Ebony, Essence, Ladies Home Journal and Charisma.

Several other events before King's talk also are open to the public.

The Commemorative March begins at noon from the downhill side of the Elaine Langone Center. Faculty, students, staff, administrators and friends will walk to Rooke Chapel for a short program.

The Beloved Community Dinner with a special meal and student performances will be held in the Bostwick Dining Hall, Elaine Langone Center, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 for community members: $5 per person for children 5-12; and free for children under 4. The Beloved Community is a term used by Dr. King to describe a global vision in which all people can share.

An Interfaith Worship Service will be held at 6:15 p.m. in Rooke Chapel. The service will feature an inspirational message by Bishop Sidney Wheatley of Unity Christian Fellowship, praise dancers and songs by Harbor Light of Milton.

For more information about these Bucknell events, call the Office of Multicultural Student Services at 577-1095.

In addition to her talk at Bucknell, King will attend a Meet and Greet reception Friday, Jan. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Degenstein Art Gallery at Susquehanna University. For more information about this event, call the Susquehanna Office of Multicultural Affairs at 372-4302.


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