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Hunter-Gault to speak at Monday’s 18th annual MLK Jr. breakfast

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Veteran journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault will be the keynote speaker at a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr breakfast in Minneapolis.

In 1961, she was the first African-American woman admitted to the University of Georgia after NAACP lawyers took her case to court. During her first night in the dormitory, white students demonstrated against her admission and threw rocks through her windows. At times, she and the other black student who integrated the campus that year needed police escorts on campus.  Hunter-Gault will be the keynote speaker at Monday’s 18th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast at the Minneapolis Convention Center, sponsored by the General Mills Foundation and the United Negro College Fund. The event is sold out but will be broadcast live at 8 a.m. on Twin Cities Public Television. For more information, go to mlkbreakfast.com.  Editorial writer Denise Johnson recently spoke with Hunter-Gault about King’s legacy, race, and civil and human rights.

To read exerpts of her conversation with Denise Johnson go to Star Tribune.

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Written by Symphony

January 19, 2008 at 9:09 pm

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