USF to host panel discussion on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 12, 2023

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The University of Saint Francis Office of Academic Affairs will present a panel discussion about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the North Campus Auditorium, 2702 Spring Street.

“Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Prophet and Man of God” will explore the religious roots and continued resonance of Dr. King’s message in contemporary American life more than a half century since his death.

Speakers include:

  • Garry Hamilton, retired Chief of Police for the City of Fort Wayne
  • Lawrence Lee, President of Leepoxy Plastics in Fort Wayne and lifelong advocate for civil rights
  • Dr. Pearlette Springer, Director of Black Catholic Ministry, Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Intercultural Ministry and USF alumna
  • Dr. Samuel White, retired Dean of the School of Engineering, Hampton University, and Trustee, Union Baptist Church in Fort Wayne

Dr. Clifford F. Buttram, Jr., Assistant Professor of Business and Director of the USF Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, will facilitate the conversation along with a USF student. Dr. Buttram will guide a 45- to 55-minute conversation among the panelists, then open the floor for questions and continued conversation.

For more information, contact Lynda McGehee at [email protected].

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 60 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through the College of Health Sciences and the College of Arts, Sciences and Business. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. USF Downtown houses the music technology program while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis, recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution, has 18 athletic programs boasting two individual and four team NAIA national championships. Approximately 2,200 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.