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Brooks to deliver keynote speech at MLK Convocation

MONMOUTH, Ill. – A representative of one of the nation’s leading civil rights organizations will deliver the keynote address at Monmouth College’s annual Martin Luther King Convocation on Jan. 15.

Lecia Brooks, outreach director for the Southern Poverty Law Center, will speak at noon in the Kasch Performance Hall of the College’s Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. The convocation, which will also feature gospel choirs and student speakers, is free and open to the public.

“The MLK Convocation continues to be an important part of our academic year and it continues to grow,” said Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies Dan Ott. “We’re excited to host Lecia Brooks, who will share with us some of her important work at the Southern Poverty Law Center. We’ll host a teach-in lunch again this year in the Stockdale Center.”

Based in Montgomery, Ala., the SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. Using litigation, education and other forms of advocacy, the center works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

Brooks leads the center’s outreach efforts on key initiatives and social justice issues. She frequently gives presentations around the country to promote tolerance and diversity.

She also serves as director of the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, an interpretive center designed to provide visitors to the memorial with a deeper understanding of the Civil Rights movement.

Brooks joined the SPLC staff in 2004 as director of Mix It Up at Lunch Day, a Teaching Tolerance program designed to help break down racial, cultural and social barriers in schools. A graduate of Loyola Marymount (Calif.) University, she also worked for 12 years in a number of capacities for the National Conference for Community and Justice in its Los Angeles office.
Monmouth radio station WRAM plans to broadcast the event live. To listen, go to and click on WRAM.