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Citadel News Service

Office of Public Affairs

January 13, 2000

Civil Rights Activist Reminisces About Her Work With Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

          Life-time civil rights activist and motivational speaker Roberta Smith Tracy will speak at The Citadel on January 17 at 7 p.m. in Bond Hall, room 165.

          The Honorable Tracy will talk about her involvement with the civil rights movement and her relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as an activist. She will talk about her first encounter with Dr. King at Spelman College in the summer of 1960 and take you through the sit-ins and marches they participated in together. Tracy says this about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "He probably had the most profound impact on my life as a man who believed in fighting for what he believed to be right for all mankind."

          A native of Washington, D.C., Tracy has devoted her life’s work to issues of civil rights and liberties, equity and rights of children. As an undergraduate student, she attended Spelman College and Howard University. She received a juris doctor degree from Howard University School of Law in 1973 and has completed post-graduates studies in labor and industrial relations at Cornell University.

          In 1992, she became the first African American woman to be appointed to the State of Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission. Today, Tracy is the director of affirmative action, equal opportunity and diversity at The Citadel.

          Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance program is open to the public. For additional information contact the Public Affairs Office at 953-2155.


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