COM's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration to feature renowned guest speaker, Lecia Brooks

Posted on: January 10, 2012

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech was immortalized in United States history just moments after he eloquently delivered it.

Historians and scholars have often discussed how much social progress the nation has made since Aug. 28, 1963.

Lecia Brooks, director of outreach for the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in Montgomery, Ala., will be the guest speaker at College of the Mainland’s Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration, presented by COM’s Multicultural Team. Brooks is also the director for the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery.

“I’ll be talking about Dr. King and his legacy and what was going on at the time,” Brooks said. “(I’ll talk about) those engaged in The Civil Rights Movement – what were they up against and juxtapose that with the current situation.”

The one-hour event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 1200 Amburn Road, Learning Resource Center 131.

Brooks, who will visit COM for the first time, said she’ll “encourage people to stay engaged in struggle” for civil rights.

She regularly speaks at schools and places of worship throughout the U.S. She also trains teachers and law enforcement personnel through SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance program.

According to its website, the SPLC is a “non-profit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society,” founded in 1971.

Brooks said the SPLC is launching SPLC On Campus, a national college campus club program this semester.

She plans on telling COM faculty and students about the opportunity to start a local chapter.

For more information, contact Martin Perez at 409-933-8653 or

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