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Gonzaga To Host Civil Rights Teach-In on MLK Day

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In honor of American civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr., Gonzaga University will host a “Teach-in on Civil Rights in Spokane” from 12:15-2:30 p.m. in the Hemmingson Center Ballroom (third floor) on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21.

The program, titled “Historic Perspectives & the Fierce Urgency of Now,” is sponsored by Gonzaga’s Center for Community Engagement and Gonzaga’s Unity Multicultural Education Center. Gonzaga students, faculty and staff will attend the MLK march and rally downtown and return to campus for the teach-in, according to a press release.

Members of the public are invited to attend the teach-in, however, space is limited and registration is required. RSVP: https://bit.ly/2PAzHyg

The teach-in event includes the following presentations:

12:15-1 p.m. — Fair Housing Act & Housing Policy in Spokane

  •  Presented by Rick Eichstaedt and Logan Camporeale. Eichstaedt is director of Gonzaga’s Environmental Law and Land Use Clinic and a GU Law School professor; Camporeale is a local public historian.

1:05-2 p.m. — Life, Legacy & Contemporary Impact of Local Civil Rights Leader Carl Maxey

  • “History and Legacy” presented by Spokane attorney Dennis Cronin.
  • “Bringing this Home: Our Current Landscape” presented by Sandy Williams, publisher of the Black Lens newspaper in Spokane.

2:05-2:30 p.m. — Panel w/all Speakers

  • The speakers will discuss their involvement in community activism and social justice and respond to questions.

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons, who teaches journalism at Gonzaga University, is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 13 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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