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UC Sociologist to Give Keynote Address at Jan. 15 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration


Littisha Bates, a UC associate professor of sociology, will celebrate Dr. King's legacy and reflect on small actions everyone can take towards a common goal of equality and justice for all at the Jan. 15 ceremony at Cincinnati's Music Hall.

Date: 1/11/2018 12:00:00 PM
By: Stuart Lindle
Photos By: University of Cincinnati

UC ingot   A series of events hosted by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition will include a celebration at Music Hall and a keynote speech by the University of Cincinnati's McMicken College of Arts and Sciences' Littisha Bates, associate professor of sociology.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day falls on Jan. 15 this year, Dr. King’s birthday. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

“I’m humbled to be chosen by the coalition to speak on this particularly momentous day, and to shed light on the different ways in which people can resist inequality and injustice,” Bates said.
Photograph of Dr. Littisha Bates, associate professor of sociology
Dr. Littisha Bates, associate professor of sociology



“The College of Arts and Sciences is lucky to have Dr. Bates on our faculty. She brings her commitment to social justice to her teaching, her research, and her service to the university and community,” said Jennifer Malat, associate dean for social sciences.

As an associate professor of sociology at UC, Bates studies the sociology of education, including educational inequality. In her speech she will celebrate Dr. King’s legacy of activism by empowering people to look at their own lives and the small actions they can take towards a common goal of equality and justice for all.

“I’m thrilled that Dr. Bates will speak at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, ” said Ken Petren, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Her commitment to scholar activism, innovative teaching and mentoring, and building an inclusive campus is exceptional.”

The 43rd annual celebration hosted by the MLK Coalition is dedicated to keeping Dr. King’s legacy alive and the forefront of people’s minds during this day of participation, commemoration and celebration.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m., following the King Legacy Awards Breakfast commemorating recipients of the 2018 MLK, Jr. Dream Awards, marchers will gather outside the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center’s Harriet Tubman Theater. Inspired by the civil rights marches led by Dr. King, attendees will then gather at Fountain Square for an interfaith prayer service and proceed to Music Hall. The Commemorative celebration at Music Hall and Dr. Bates’ keynote speech will begin at noon.

All events except the Legacy Awards Breakfast are free and open to the public.


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