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Celebrating MLK

Barry McNamara
J. Q. Adams, professor of educational and interdisciplinary studies at Western Illinois University, will return to the Monmouth College campus to be the featured speaker at a campus event celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Adams, who also presented Monmouth’s MLK Day talk in 2000, will speak on Jan. 18 at 4:30 p.m. in the Whiteman-McMillan Highlander Room of the Stockdale Center. Titled “21st Century Black Leadership,” his talk is free and open to the public.

An accomplished educator, author and presenter, Adams’ in-depth research has earned him a reputation as one of the leaders in intercultural and multicultural issues in education. He recently received the WIU provost’s Excellence in Multicultural Teaching Award, and the College of Education at Grand Valley State College recognized his accomplishments through its Distinguished Alumni Leadership in Education Award.

Adams did his undergraduate work at Grand Valley State, earning degrees in social studies and psychology. He received a master’s degree in alternative education and psychology from Indiana University, and he earned his Ph.D. in education psychology from the University of Illinois.