Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Observance

presented by UMSL Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

  • Jan 15 , 2018

The UMSL Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion presents it’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance - a celebration of the life and legacy of the great civil rights leader. Every year, people from all over St. Louis gather with the UMSL community for dynamic presentations of song, speech and other performance. The 2018 event will be facilitated by mistress of ceremonies Courtney Bryant, evening anchor and reporter with KMOV, St. Louis’ CBS affiliate. She will introduce participants including Brian Owens, the nationally renowned singer, a Ferguson native and UMSL graduate. The program’s keynote speaker is Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Among other accolades, in 2012 he was named by President Obama as chair of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.  

Keynote speaker: Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, has served as President of UMBC (The University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the 2011 report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. He was named in 2012 by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.  TIME magazine named him one of America’s 10 Best College Presidents in 2009, and one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2012.

Mistress of Ceremony: Courtney Bryant is an evening anchor and reporter at CBS affiliate KMOV in St. Louis, Missouri.  Before joining KMOV, Courtney worked as the evening anchor and a reporter at KBAK, the CBS/FOX affiliate in Bakersfield, CA. There, she did live interviews with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, covered a deadly Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crash, and was on the front lines of wildfire coverage. In 2014, she anchored an Emmy award winning half-hour special on California’s drought crisis.

Performances: Brian Owens, community music artist in residence of the Des Lee Fine Arts Collaborative will direct the music performances of the program.  Owens, an UMSL alum and national artist, collaborates with the St. Louis Symphony, where he leads its IN UNISON scholarship program and mentors young musicians, including UMSL students.  He released his most recent album “The Soul of Ferguson” this past summer.   



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