- Category: News
27 Oct 2011
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
Special guests attending the Public Forum are Freedom Award honorees Danny Glover and Marva Collins, along with U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Russlynn Ali.
Glover is receiving the Pioneer Award for Activism for his support of various humanitarian and civil rights causes including the United Farm Workers.
Collins is receiving the Freedom Award for Education for creating the Westside Preparatory School, Chicago, in 1975 with $5,000 of her teacher’s pension fund.
Appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009, Ali is the primary adviser on civil rights and is responsible for enforcing U.S. civil rights laws as they pertain to education – ensuring the nation’s schools, colleges and universities receiving federal funding do not engage in discriminatory conduct related to race, sex, disability or age.
The Public Forum is the prelude event to the Freedom Awards. This year’s Public Forum encompasses a talk show format style that allows for more interaction between students and special guests and will focus on the value of education.
At the Public Forum, International Paper will announce the winners of the Keeper of the Dream Award that is given to six middle and high school students. The forum will be emceed by Valerie Calhoun of Memphis’ Fox 13 and Deidra Shores,Kid Reporter Contest Winner for the “Today Show on NBC.”
The Public Forum is free and open to the public. A limited number of tickets are available at the following library branches: Central, Whitehaven, Raleigh, East Shelby and the National Civil Museum – two tickets per person.