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Clarkson University Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Jan. 19

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Nationally recognized speaker Brian Johnson will lead a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday at a dinner on Monday, January 19, at 6 p.m. at Clarkson University.

Johnson’s presentation, titled "I Have a Need," is a visitation of King’s August 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech -- updated for a contemporary audience by customizing it to the needs of Clarkson students. bjohnson

Prior to the presentation, students will be invited to answer a questionnaire about their experiences and what they "need" in order to be successful. Without using names, the responses will be included in the actual presentation. Other factors of campus life are also incorporated, including names of buildings, landmarks, community resources, etc.

This event is open to the community. The dinner cost is an exchange for meal plan users and $10 cash for others. Please contact Vicki Clark at 315-268-3785 or to order tickets.

The event is part of a series of leadership and awareness activities that will occur throughout the weekend sponsored by the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), SPECTRUM, and Clarkson’s Office of Co-curricular Education and Programming.

From 2001-2007, Johnson served as the director of multicultural affairs and special assistant to the president at Susquehanna University. He is the founder of the Pennsylvania Association of Liaisons and Officers of Multicultural Affairs, a consortium that promotes best practices in higher education. He is a former trainer with the National Coalition Building Institute and was certified in their prejudice reduction and issues process modules. He is a featured columnist on the Web site. He also has professional experience in social and human services.

Johnson earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from California University of Pennsylvania, and is currently working toward a doctorate (ABD) from Nova Southeastern University. His research is in the area of racial identity development with specialization in white student racial identity.

He is also an ordained minister and serves on the ministry team at Revival Tabernacle in West Milton, Pa. In church, he is a fiery speaker and enjoys sharing hope and joy with those to whom he ministers.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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