Congressman John Lewis is the keynote speaker of the event. Lewis was a close friend and advisor of Martin Luther King Jr. and is the only living “Big Six” leader of the American civil rights movement. Renee Charles handles public relations for Bradley. She says people will want to see Congressman Lewis and hear what he has to say:
“Having him tell his story is a piece of history that our students and many members of our community, the public in general may never get a chance to hear. You may have seen it on TV or read about it books, but you’ll hear it first hand from somebody who was there, who lived it, who was entrenched in it,” says Charles.
Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is the Master of Ceremonies at the event. Congress members Aaron Schock, Robin Kelly and Cheri Bustos are also participating. The event is Friday from two to four. It’s free and open to the public, but registration is required at bradley.edu/continue.