Freeman Hrabowski Named Syracuse University’s 2014 MLK Keynote Speaker

Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), will be the keynote speaker for Syracuse University’s 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, “Pursuing the Dream: Above All Odds”  on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in the Carrier Dome. The annual celebration is the largest University-sponsored event in the United States to commemorate King.

SU’s 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, “Pursuing the Dream: Above All Odds” includes a sit-down dinner for more than 2,000 people on the floor of the Carrier Dome, followed by a festive program featuring keynote speaker, Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC),

“Freeman Hrabowski is a dynamic speaker and a renowned educator with an in-depth focus on math and science education,” says Syeisha Byrd, director of Hendricks Chapel’s Office of Engagement Programs and chair of this year’s Martin Luther King Celebration Committee. “As a young man, Dr. Hrabowski was involved in the Civil Rights Movement, and this is an amazing opportunity for members of the Syracuse University community to hear firsthand perspective of the events of that time.”

The evening program, which will include the presentation of the 2014 Unsung Hero Awards, music by a community choir and entertainment by student performers, begins at 5:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Tickets for the dinner, which precedes the program at 4:30 p.m., are $25 for the general public and $15 for students without meal plans. Students with meal plans will be charged for one dinner. Student tickets are available at all residence hall main desks and dining centers at meal times. For students without meal plans, $15 tickets are available through Hendricks Chapel.  Tickets are now available; For more information, contact Hendricks Chapel at 315-443-5044.

Hrabowski will also take part in invitation-only sessions with SU students and faculty during his time in Syracuse.