11th Annual Martin L. King, Jr. Celebration
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, 2 p.m.
Ballroom, Kent Student Center
Keynote Speaker Carlos Muñoz Jr., Ph.D.During his 37-year academic career, Professor Emeritus Carlos Muñoz Jr. gained international prominence as political scientist, historian, journalist and public intellectual. Muñoz was born in the “segundo barrio” in El Paso, Texas, and raised in the barrios of East Los Angeles, Calif. He is the author of numerous pioneering works on the Mexican-American political experience and on African-American and Latino political coalitions, including his award-winning Youth, Identity, Power: The Chicano Movement. A dynamic and inspirational speaker, Muñoz is an acknowledged expert on the issues of ethnic and racial politics, multiculturalism and diversity, immigration, civil and human rights and affirmative action.
Muñoz has appeared on PBS, NBC, CNN, ABC, CBS and the Spanish-speaking UNIVISION and Tele Mundo, and he is a syndicated columnist with the Progressive Media Project. His newspaper columns are distributed nationally by the Knight-Ridder news wire service and have appeared online on Latino.com and on the BBC World Service.
As a scholar-activist, Muñoz has been a central figure in the struggles for civil and human rights, social and economic justice, and peace in the United States and abroad since he was a student activist in the 1960s. He played a prominent leadership role as a founder of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement. He co-founded the Institute for Multiracial Justice in San Francisco, Calif. and the Latinos Unidos, a grassroots community organization in Berkeley. Today, Muñoz is active in the Immigrant Rights Movement, and he is currently working on several new books, including Diversity and the Challenge for a Multiracial Democracy in America.
Free and open to the public. For more information, call 330-672-8563.
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.