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Jan. 21: Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Speaker Runoko Rashidi's lecture to highlight activities on campus.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 1-17-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a number of activities on Tuesday, Jan. 21, highlighted by a presentation by Los Angeles-based international speaker Runoko Rashidi at 5 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

Following Rashidi’s lecture, there will be a round-table discussion by members of the Minnesota State Mankato faculty and staff, a presentation by the University’s Martin Luther King Jr. essay scholarship recipient and a variety show by Voice and Vision, a recognized student organization at Minnesota State Mankato.

The day’s activities are free and open to the public.

Rashidi, according to his website, www.travelwithrunoko, is a historian, research specialist, writer, world traveler, and public lecturer focusing on the African presence globally and the African foundations of world civilizations. He is particularly drawn to the African presence in Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands.

As a public lecturer, according to his website, Rashidi has made presentations at more than 125 colleges and universities, secondary schools, libraries, bookstores, churches and community centers, and he has lectured worldwide.

Rashidi’s presentations are customized and suitable for all audiences and ages, and are lively, engaging, and vividly illustrated.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration events are sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato’s Office of Institutional Diversity.

For more information, please contact Shayla Braunshausen, interim director of the Center for African American Affairs at or visit the Institutional Diversity website here.

Institutional Diversity
Institutional Diversity actively promotes a campus-wide cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of differences. The Institutional Diversity staff provides direct services to students, and hosts enriching educational programs, cultural activities and insightful conferences for area youth, students, faculty, and staff. Institutional Diversity extends a warm welcome to students or every culture and background, including African American, Asian American, American Indian and Latino.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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