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Attend the Annual La Crosse Community Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Tonight

Duchess Harris, professor and chair of the American studies department at Macalester College in St. Paul, will present the keynote address “Chaos or Community: Fifty Years with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” at the La Crosse Community Annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Harris, Ph.D., was appointed as a Minneapolis Civil Rights Commissioner by Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton, named to the Governor’s Council on Black Minnesotans by Gov. Jesse Ventura, and twice appointed to co-chair the statewide Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday by Gov. Mark Dayton. She serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations and has advocated on the national level to the Congressional Black Caucus.

Harris is the author of Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Obama, Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA, and Racially Writing the Republic: Racists, Race Rebels, and Transformations of American Identity. She is the co-author of Race and Policing with Rebecca Rissman and Black Lives Matter with Sue Bradford Edwards.

The La Crosse Community Annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is free and open to the public. A donation of a nonperishable food item for the Hunger Task Force is encouraged. Registration is not required, but seating is limited.

The event will also feature performances by Viterbo’s concert choir and the Coulee Region Gospel Choir. The MLK Leadership Award, which honors extraordinary contributions to the La Crosse community that demonstrate Dr. King’s legacy of positive change from generation to generation, will be presented. This year’s award recipient is Nate Coleman Jr., the founder and director of The Good Fight Community Center. Denise Christy-Moss, a retired Milwaukee High School English teacher, historian, singer, and actress, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies.

This event is organized by the La Crosse Community Annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, co-sponsored by a wide variety of community organizations, and hosted by Viterbo. Duchess Harris’ appearance is co-sponsored by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University. The event is held each year to honor the legacy of America’s civil rights hero and icon.