11th Annual Martin L. King, Jr. Celebration
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2013 at 2 P.M.
Ballroom, Kent Student Center
Former U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes, J.D.
Kent State University's President's Ambassador
Louis Stokes, Kent State University's current President's Ambassador, was the first African-American member of Congress from the state of Ohio, where he served 15 consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Stokes earned his Doctor of Laws degree from Cleveland-Marshall Law School in 1953 and practiced law for 14 years before serving in Congress. As a practicing lawyer, he participated in three cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, including arguing the landmark "stop and frisk" case of Terry v. Ohio. He played a pivotal role in the quest for social and economic justice, civil rights and equality throughout his career.
Stokes has received several awards and honors, recognizing his national leadership and commitment to public service. A number of landmarks in the city of Cleveland and nationally have been named in his honor, including the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Administration Hospital, the Louis Stokes Annex of the Cleveland Public Library, the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Center at Case Western Reserve University, and buildings at Wilberforce University and Central State University, both in Wilberforce, Ohio, Howard University in Washington, D.C., and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.
He is the recipient of 27 honorary doctorate degrees. He received the Congressional Distinguished Service Award in 2003, becoming the first African-American to earn this honor. He was honored by the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession with a 2010 Spirit of Excellence Award for his dedication to expanding opportunity in the legal profession to all minorities. In 2011, he was inducted into the International Walk of Fame at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta.
Stokes serves on the advisory board to the International Spy Museum, the board of the Western Reserve Historical Society, the board of directors of Forest City Enterprises Inc. and the board of directors of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. In 2006, he served on the National Science Board's Commission on 21st Century Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
This event is free and open to the public.
(For more information, call 330-672-2569)
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically—that is the goal of true education.
Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
Life's most persistent and urgent questions is, 'What are you doing for others?'
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.