Urban education and social justice expert to keynote MLK Day prayer breakfast at DePaul

Bettina L. Love
Award-winning author Bettina L. Love will discuss the hip-hop generation’s role in closing the gap between the civil rights and millennial generations during DePaul University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day prayer breakfast on Jan. 19. Photo courtesy of Bettina L. Love.
CHICAGO — Award-winning author Bettina L. Love will talk about the hip-hop generation’s role in closing the gap between the civil rights and millennial generations during DePaul University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day prayer breakfast. This annual event, now in its 18th year, will be held Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave., room 120, on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus.

Presented by DePaul’s Center for Intercultural Programs, the breakfast is designed to bring the DePaul community together to celebrate King’s legacy, and the culture and heritage of African-American communities.

Love, an assistant professor at the University of Georgia, is a founding board member of the Kindezi School, a public charter school in Atlanta that is focused on small classrooms and art-based education. Her work has been featured in scholarly journals, including “The Urban Review” and “International Journal of Critical Pedagogy.” She also is the author of “Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South.” In 2014, Love attended the White House Research Conference on Girls where she discussed her work focused on the lives of African-American girls.

The breakfast will include a theatrical performance by DePaul’s Theatre School, student performances and a speech by the winner of the third annual Martin Luther King Jr. student speech contest.

The event is free and open to the public, but online reservations are required. RSVP at http://bit.ly/DePaulMLK. For more information, contact culturalcenter@depaul.edu.

Other events commemorating King’s legacy include:

Third Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Worship Celebration
Student Center, room 120 A/B (Lincoln Park Campus)
Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m.
This worship celebration by the Rev. Leon Perry will showcase the rich history of black church tradition; gospel music and preaching in the style and tradition of King. The celebration is hosted by the Office of Religious Diversity.

For additional information, contact kbaltimo@depaul.edu.

Continuing Our Legacy
Student Lounge, Lewis Center, Floor 7 (Loop Campus)
Jan. 19 from 12:30 to 4 p.m.
In the community-building spirit of King and the “beloved community" he sought to create, the College of Law will provide a lunch and reflection circle for students, staff and faculty before traveling to sites throughout Chicago to provide service.

For additional information, contact amoye@depaul.edu or caitlin.duane@gmail.com.

Verses and Flow: The Artists in Us Honor the Social Action and Social Justice Legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
DePaul Club in the DePaul Center, Floor 11 (Loop Campus)
Jan. 21 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
The School for New Learning Africa Diaspora Committee will host an evening of creative expression through performances and shared ideas that recognize, honor and celebrate the social action and social justice legacy of King.

For additional information, contact snlafricadiaspora@depaul.edu.

Conversation and Culture: Spotlight on Martin Luther King Jr.
Lewis Center, Suite 1600 (Loop Campus)
Jan. 23 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
The University Center for Writing-based Learning will host an open forum to discuss King's life through an exploration of his "I Have a Dream" speech.

For more information, contact lrodrian@depaul.edu.

A Threat to Justice Everywhere — From Ferguson to Chicago: A Two-Part Conversation, Part 1
Lewis Center, Room 803 (Loop Campus)
Jan. 28 from noon to 1 p.m.
Sponsored by DePaul’s College of Law Diversity Committee, in this two-part series, speakers and attendees will explore the structural failure of the criminal justice system to hold police accountable for the fatal killings of young African-Americans across the country and the resistance thereto.

On the Ground from Ferguson: A conversation with Justin Hansford, assistant professor, St. Louis University School of Law and on the ground organizers from Ferguson, Missouri, to provide information about Michael Brown's killing, the grand jury's non-indictment of Darren Wilson, and ongoing efforts to demand "Justice for Mike Brown."

One hour of CLE credit is available. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP required at lawevents@depaul.edu. For additional information, contact lawevents@depaul.edu.

A Threat to Justice Everywhere — From Ferguson to Chicago: A Two-Part Conversation, Part 2
Lewis Center, Room 803 (Loop Campus)
Feb. 11 from noon to 1 p.m.
Chicago Youth Build a Movement: A conversation with Chicago activists working to end police violence against youth of color. We Charge Genocide members Monica Trinidad and Page May will discuss their experience as youth delegates and Rozette Long will talk about her 17-year-old nephew, Desean Pittman, who was fatally shot by Chicago police in August 2014.

One hour of CLE credit is available. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP required at lawevents@depaul.edu. For additional information, contact lawevents@depaul.edu.

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