Center for Civic Leadership

Events and Speakers

 
Benedictine University Symposium on Civil Rights

The Civil Rights Act of 1964: Past, Present, and Future


October 9, 2014  §  Krasa Center

 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Legislatively, it was the most significant action on the issue of race since the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.  To commemorate that landmark legislation, and to discuss civil rights progress and challenges today, Benedictine University will host the community event "The Civil Rights Act of 1964: Past, Present and Future" in the Krasa Center on campus.  The day will feature a luncheon, keynote lectures, and a panel discussion with national and local figures involved in the Civil Rights movement.

All programs are free and open to the public; however, the luncheon has limited seating.
To RSVP for the luncheon, please contact Lynn Dransoff at (630) 829-6250.

 

John R. Marks III

Lunch Keynote speaker and panelist
Mayor John R. Marks III, Esq.
Mayor of Tallahassee, FL

F. Willis Johnson 

Evening Keynote speaker and panelist
Rev. F. Willis Johnson
Pastor of Wellspring Church in Ferguson, MO

 

Lunch and Keynote Address

12:30-1:45 p.m.  Krasa ABC

Address by John R. Marks III, Esq.
Mayor of Tallahassee, FL
Founder of Marks and Marks, LLC, and the Jane and John Marks Foundation, Inc.



Panel Discussion

2:30-4:30 p.m.  Krasa Presentation Room

Distinguished guests


John R. Marks III, Esquire
Mayor of Tallahassee, FL
Founder of Marks and Marks, LLC, and the Jane and John Marks Foundation, Inc.



Dr. Fannie Rushing


Professor of History, Benedictine University
Founding member of Chicago Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee



Rev. F. Willis Johnson, Jr.
Pastor of Wellspring Church in Ferguson, MO

 


 

Evening Keynote Address

7:00 p.m.  Krasa ABC

"The Injustice of Just Us: Ferguson Missouri's Struggle to Restore Hope in Humanity"
Rev. F. Willis Johnson, Jr.
Pastor of Wellspring Church in Ferguson, MO


 


This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Leadership, the History and Global Studies Programs, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Center for Mission and Identity.

 


Past Speakers


Every year, the Center for Civic Leadership organizes a wide variety of events for the Benedictine community, bringing speakers of local, national, and even international renown to campus. The following photos show just a few of the many intellectually provocative speakers who have visited Benedictine University through the Center's sponsorship.

  • Barack Obama (then-U.S. Senator from Illinois)
    Barack Obama
  • Peter Bergen (CNN national security analyst)
    Peter Bergen
  • Anne Burke (Illinois Supreme Court Justice)
    Anne Burke
  • Marian Wright Edelman (President, Children's Defense Fund)
    Marian Wright Edelman
  • Paul Rusesebagina (Rwandan human rights activist)
    Paul Rusesebagina
  • Bob Woodward (journalist, The Washington Post)
    Bob Woodward
 

"In each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation."


–John Fitzgerald Kennedy