News Release

CHICAGO — Journalist and author Natalie Moore will be the keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day annual prayer breakfast at DePaul University. This annual event, now in its 17th year, will be held Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave., room 120, on the Lincoln Park Campus. It is presented by DePaul’s Center for Intercultural Programs to bring the community together to commemorate King’s life and work for social justice and civil rights.

Moore, a South Side reporter for WBEZ radio, has had her work featured in the Chicago Sun-Times, Essence, Black Enterprise and Chicago Tribune. She is the co-author with Natalie Hopkinson of “Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation” and with Lance Williams of “The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall and Resurgence of an American Gang.”

The breakfast also will include student performances by The Theatre School, Presenters of Enlightenment Through Spoken-word (P. O.E.T.S.) and the gospel choir. In addition, a speech will be given by the winner of the second annual Martin Luther King Jr. prayer breakfast speech contest.

The event is free and open to the public, but online reservations are required. RSVP at For additional information, contact

Other events to celebrate King’s legacy include:

College of Law Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Luncheon
The annual event marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Standish E. Willis, Chicago criminal defense and civil rights attorney, will deliver the keynote address. The event is sponsored by the College of Law Diversity Committee.
Jan. 20 from 10:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
DePaul Center, Room 8005 (Loop Campus)
This event is open to the public with RSVP required for lunch at For additional information, contact

2nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Worship Celebration
This event recognizes that King’s social justice work was guided spiritually and rooted in his calling in ministry to teach, preach and pastor. The event is sponsored by DePaul Christian Ministries.
Jan. 21 at 5:30 p.m.
Student Center (Lincoln Park Campus)
For additional information, contact

Answering King’s Call for “Creative Maladjustment”
Rob Watts, professor of social welfare and psychology at Hunter College and CUNY, and a national leader in racially conscious youth development, will discuss using King’s concept of creative maladjustment to address the daily injustices many youth face. The event is sponsored by the Committee on Research Excellence (CORE) of the Clinical Psychology Program, Psychology Department.
Jan. 22 from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Student Center (Lincoln Park Campus)
For more information, contact

School for New Learning’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. symposium on social action and social justice
Connie L. Lindsay, executive vice president and global head of Corporate Social Responsibility for Northern Trust, will address “WWKSDT: What Would King Say and Do Today?” The event is sponsored by the School for New Learning Africa Diaspora Committee.
Jan. 27 from 5:30-8 p.m.
Loop Campus
For more information and to RSVP, contact

“A Free Man of Color”
A 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist, this absurd play with elements of Restoration comedy features the charismatic womanizer Jacques Cornet, the wealthiest man of color in town. Recommended for mature audiences.
Performances will be Jan. 31-Feb. 9.
The Theatre School, Fullerton Stage (Lincoln Park Campus)

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