Eastern Kentucky University announced on Thursday, that Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University in New Orleans will speak on campus on Friday, Jan. 21, during the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration.

Kimbrough will spend the morning at the EKU Center for the Arts to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and highlight the role we all play in moving his legacy forward.

The schedule for the MLK Celebration:  

  • 8:30 a.m. Free continental breakfast 

  • 9:30 a.m. Welcome 

  • 10 a.m. Kimbrough’s lecture 

  • 10:45 a.m. Q&A  

  • 11 a.m. Community panel featuring:

    • Victoria Benge, executive director, CASA of Madison and Clark counties  

    • Devone Holt, chief external affairs officer, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky  

    • Timothy Johnson, president and chief executive officer, United Way of the Bluegrass 

    • Vicki Jozefowicz, chief administrative officer, Kentucky River Foothills Development Council Inc.

  • 11:50 a.m. Call to action/Conclusion

“We are excited to bring Dr. Kimbrough to EKU,” said EKU president David McFaddin in a press release. “His insights are sure to encourage and empower our community as we work to increase our knowledge and expand our perspectives within the realms of diversity, equity and inclusion.”

Kimbrough’s engaging speaking style caught the attention of Dannie Moore, EKU vice president for student life and chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, which is why he and his committee wanted to bring him to campus.

“I hope it serves as a call to action for the EKU and broader central Kentucky community that highlights the importance of collaboration in building a better community,” Moore said.

The MLK Celebration is a free event, but tickets must be secured in advance at go.eku.edu/MLK22.

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