MLK Celebration Honors Civil Rights Icon Carlotta Walls LaNier

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ALBANY, N.Y. (February 2, 2016) -- The University hosted its 37th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration last evening. President Robert Jones welcomed keynote speaker, Carlotta Walls LaNier, the youngest member of the Little Rock Nine, a group of black students who worked to integrate Little Rock High School over the objections of segregationist Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus -- a landmark event of the Civil Rights Movement.

President Jones honors Carlotta Walls LaNier at UAlbany
In his remarks, President Jones called on the University to renew its commitment to stand for inclusiveness. (Photo Paull Miller)

A sought-after lecturer, LaNier has spoken all over the country at colleges and universities, women’s and African-American organizations, libraries and civic groups. LaNier’s visit kicked off a month-long series of activities at UAlbany celebrating African American History.

Her visit also came at a critical time for the University and for the nation. President Jones called for the campus community to "…Begin our work anew. Let us engage even more deeply. Let us listen even more carefully and let us see each other more clearly. Tonight, let us link arms and let us march together. There is no better time than now to become the University that delivers on this promise."

Read the President’s full remarks.

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