The 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Convocation will feature Dr. Freeman Hrabowski,III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, since 1992. In 2008, he was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report. In 2009, named one of the Top Ten College Presidents by Time Magazine. In 2012, named one of the Top 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine.
A former child-leader in the Civil Rights Movement, Hrabowski was prominently featured in Spike Lee’s 1997 documentary, Four Little Girls, on the racially motivated bombing in 1963 of Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.
In his talk, entitled “The Role of Youth in the Civil Rights Movement: Reflections on Birmingham,” Dr. Hrabowski will share his perspective on the Civil Rights movement – including the experience of being jailed for participating in the Children’s March in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama – and insights from a career in education.
Additional acts include a spoken word performance by UCSC's African American Theater Arts Troupe and singing by Grammy nominated blues singer Tammi Brown.
Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Admission is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30pm, with the program commencing at 7pm.