Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech was read by students at a past MLK commemorative event

The African American Cultural Center will host the 22nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Program and Black History Month Kickoff on January 30, 2012.

All activities, taking place in the Hadley Union Building, are free and open to the community.

Events begin with a series of films:

  • Martin Luther King Jr.: The Man and the Dream, 10:00 a.m., Monongahela Room
  • All Things Fall Apart, starring rapper 50 Cent, 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Susquehanna Room
  • Great Black Innovators, 10:45 a.m., Monongahela Room

Lunch, held at noon in the Ohio Room, will feature a Martin Luther King Jr. reflection workshop titled “Living the Dream and Black History.”

Events conclude with a 6:00 p.m. keynote address in the Ohio Room by Burrell A. Brown.

A professor of Management and Labor Management at California University of Pennsylvania, Brown has previously served as chair of the Business and Economics Department as well as vice president of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, the union representing faculty members in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Brown also is an attorney with a practice focusing on employment-related matters.

He was appointed by former Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker to the Governor's Advisory Commission on African-American Affairs and by former Governor Ed Rendell to the Interbranch Commission on Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Fairness, serving as chair.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Pennsylvania NAACP President's Service Award and the California University Award for Distinguished Service, and has been recognized in Who's Who in America.

He is a former president and founding member of the Homer S. Brown Law Association and the Pittsburgh chapter of Black MBA. He served as legal counsel to the Pennsylvania State NAACP for 20 years and as its president.

Brown is a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in education and holds both a Master of Business Administration and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh.

The keynote address is sponsored by the African American Cultural Center in conjunction with the Six O'clock Series and the Office of Social Equity and Civic Engagement.

For more information, contact the African American Cultural Center at 724-357-2455.