Academics

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, daughter to speak at Wisconsin Lutheran College

February 1, 2007

MILWAUKEE - Yolanda King, first-born daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Coretta Scott King, will present "Open My Eyes, Open My Soul: Discovering the Power of Diversity" Tuesday, February 27, at 4 p.m. in the Recreation Complex at Wisconsin Lutheran College. King will address the need for communities to understand and respect diversity. Her new book of the same name serves as the platform for this lecture-performance.

"We hope that by bringing Ms. King here, especially during Black History Month, we can raise awareness of diversity issues with Wisconsin Lutheran College students and the community as a whole," says Katherine Bogue, WLC student and Student Senate president.

Yolanda King has performed or lectured in 49 of the 50 American states as well as in Europe, Africa and Asia. King's stage, television and film credits reflect her commitment to social change and include portrayals of Rosa Parks in the NBC-TV movie "King," Dr. Betty Shabazz in the film "Death of a Prophet" with Morgan Freeman, and Medgar Ever's daughter, Reena, in "Ghosts of Mississippi."  Focusing on the highlights of the Civil Rights Movement, her most recent theatrical production is "Achieving the Dream" in which she portrays several characters in the movement for civil and human rights. 

King is a member of the board of directors of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc. (the official national memorial to Dr. King) and was founding director of the King Center's Cultural Affairs Program.

The Yolanda King event is sponsored in part by AM 1290 WMCS, Time Warner Cable and the Wisconsin Lutheran College Student Senate. The Recreation Complex is located at 8725 W. Wisconsin Ave. Tickets are $15 for general admission. To purchase tickets, call the WLC box office, 8815 W. Wisconsin Ave., at (414) 443-8802 or purchase tickets online. Tickets are also being sold at the following locations: Coffee Makes You Black Coffee Shop, 2803 N. Teutonia Ave.; Eastpoint Pick 'n Save, 605 E. Lyon St.; Midtown Pick 'n Save, 5700 W. Capitol Dr.; and The Reader's Choice Bookstore, 1950 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr.