'Black and Brown' Dialogue Marks Start of MLK Events at Kent State

Panel will talk about African American and Latino communities in relation to King's legacy

Kent State University’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and the Kent State Latino Networking Caucus will host the Black and Brown Dialogue that kicks off commemorative events marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The engaging discussion will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m., in the Kent Student Center Kiva. The event is free and open to all.

Kent State President’s Ambassador and renowned Cleveland-area attorney, José Feliciano, will speak at the event. The discussion will center on African American and Latino communities in relation to King's legacy, and key civil and social justice issues facing the country today.

Panel members include T. David Garcia, Kent State’s associate vice president for enrollment management, and George Garrison, professor of Pan-African Studies.

"This event will give students an opportunity to hear from individuals who faced some of the same kinds of challenges many students of color are encountering today in college,” Garcia said. “In addition, the format of this event allows for students to share their concerns or thoughts about their college experience. The Black and Brown dialogue is an excellent opportunity for all of us, regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomics or background, to come together and reinforce the necessity to help each other overcome challenges in order to graduate from college.”

For more information about Kent State’s 11th annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration and commemorative events, visit www.kent.edu/mlkevents.


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