2012 MLK Celebration Keynote Speaker
Altered Landscapes: 25 Years of Celebrating the Dream Tuesday, January 17, 2012 4:00 p.m., Cowan Hall Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Stovall
The 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. convocation speaker was David Stovall, associate professor of Educational Policy Studies and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). His scholarship investigates four areas 1) critical race theory, 2) concepts of social justice in education, 3) the relationship between housing and education, and 4) the relationship between schools and community stakeholders. In the attempt to bring theory to action, he has spent the last 10 years working with community organizations and schools to develop curricula that address issues of social justice. His current work has led him to become a member of the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School of Social Justice High School design team, which opened in the Fall of 2005. Furthering his work with communities, students, and teachers, Stovall is involved with youth-centered community organizations in Chicago, New York, and the Bay Area. In addition to his duties and responsibilities as an associate professor at UIC, he also serves as a volunteer social studies teacher at the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School for Social Justice.
Each year, Otterbein holds an MLK convocation featuring a lecture by a distinguished speaker to celebrate the teachings and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Students read passages from King’s speeches and writings, the Otterbein Gospel Choir performs, and the recipients of the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace and Justice Awards are announced.
The Office of Diversity sponsored "A Conversation with David Stovall" prior to the keynote address at the 2012 Martin Luter King Convocation.