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Civil Rights activist headlines MLK Jr. celebration

Myrlie Evers

Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain Mississippi civil rights activist Medgar Evers, continued her late husband’s advocacy for civic engagement and social justice as the keynote speaker of Bloomsburg University’s 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration in February at Carver Hall’s Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. Evers-Williams, former chair of the NAACP, discussed “Tomorrow’s Leaders: Their Voices, Our Journey." Her visit was held in collaboration with Bloomsburg University’s year-long 175th anniversary celebration, co-sponsored by the Multicultural Center and 175th Anniversary Committee.

Evers-Williams has become a symbol of courage and perseverance in the march toward social justice. She worked for more than three decades to seek justice for the murder of her husband, who was gunned down in their driveway by a white supremacist on June 12, 1963, just hours after President John F. Kennedy’s famed civil rights address. A year ago, she delivered the invocation at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Stephen A. Smith delivers motivating message

Bloomsburg University Speaker Series

ESPN multimedia personality Stephen A. Smith led students down “The Road to Great Leadership” in February as part of BU’s annual Sankofa Conference.

Smith delivered an energetic and motivational lecture about leadership and its impact on personal success. He specifically talked about goal-setting, motivation, tough decision-making and inspiration. Smith hosts “The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show” on ESPN Radio New York 98.7 FM and is a featured columnist for ESPNNY.com. He is a regular on “ESPN First Take,” where he appears with Skip Bayless.

Civil Rights scholar preaches power of education

Bloomsburg University Speaker Series

Terrance Roberts — one of the Little Rock Nine, the nine African-American students who volunteered to attend Little Rock Central High School in 1957 in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education — discussed his life experience and lessons learned. After Little Rock’s high schools were closed the following school year, Roberts completed his senior year at Los Angeles High School. He went on to CSULA, UCLA and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where in 1976 he earned his Ph.D. in Psychology. He was on the faculty of Antioch University and now runs a private psychology practice right here in Pasadena.

He is, by all accounts, a remarkable man, quiet but impressive. He wrote a book, “Lessons from Little Rock,” a memoir that offers Roberts’ perspective on our nation’s fitful march towards racial equality, sketches of the other members of the Nine, a portrait of his life before it took the stage of history, and more. He is said to both speak and write with precision, insight, humor and vision.