Friday November 10, 2006

Honoring King

Daniel J. Curran has been named honorary co-chair of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday Celebration in Dayton.

Daniel J. Curran, president of the University of Dayton, and Al Wofford, president and CEO of CDO Technologies, will serve as honorary co-chairs of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday Celebration in Dayton.

Last year, the University of Dayton partnered with the Dayton Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to draw nationally syndicated Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and television commentator Clarence Page to Dayton for the annual banquet honoring King's legacy. This year, UD and the SCLC have attracted Johnnetta B. Cole, an educator who made history in 1987 when she became the first African-American woman to serve as president of Spelman College. She's currently the president of Bennett College for Women and immediate past chair of the board of trustees of the United Way of America.

Cole will headline the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Holiday Celebration and Presidential Banquet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 15, at the Mandalay Center. For ticket information, call 937-268-0051. She will keynote UD's annual Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 16, in the Kennedy Union Ballroom on campus. It's open to the campus community, and tickets are required. The talks are part of UD's Diversity Lecture Series.

Curran and Wofford will participate in a series of community-wide events in January, including youth workshops, an interfaith prayer breakfast, an emancipation proclamation celebration, worship service and a popular rally and march that attracted 10,000 participants in 2006. Curran will welcome the marchers.

"I'm honored to serve in this important community role that brings visibility to Dr. King's legacy and social justice issues," Curran said.

A noted scholar in criminology, juvenile justice and social problems, Curran has focused his research on ways to address social inequality. In 2004, he launched a Diversity Lecture Series at UD that has attracted such important civil rights figures as Andrew Young and Coretta Scott King in free talks that drew thousands to campus.

Contact the Dayton Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference 937-268-0051.