Legacy of Peace

Dr. Derek King, educator, minister, consultant for peaceful resolutions and the nephew of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was guest speaker at the University of Saint Francis’ Legacy of Peace luncheon on June 5 at the USF Performing Arts Center, formerly the Scottish Rite Center. Exactly 50 years before, his uncle spoke about social justice in the same building.

The Legacy of Peace luncheon was part of USF’s “Future of Education” program. Dr. King spoke of today’s continuing battle for equality and urged his audience to do all they could to rid the nation of racism, greed and ignorance. Following Dr. King’s speech and the luncheon, a panel of educators representing USF, the Fort Wayne Urban League, the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese, Fort Wayne Community Schools and the Lilly Foundation-funded Talent Initiative answered questions about the ways in which education is connecting graduates with jobs and how it can affect peace.

Speaking after the panel discussion, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz addressed the challenges Indiana education faces today. The Urban League then concluded the event with a round-table discussion on education as a catalyst for peace. For more details on the day’s event, visit our website.

The “Future of Education” was part of USF’s continuing “Future of” lecture/education series held at the USF PAC.

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