29th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Convocation

To: UCSC Community

From: Chancellor Blumenthal

I am pleased to invite you to attend the 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Convocation on Wednesday, February 6, at 7:00 p.m. at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church Street, Santa Cruz.

Our featured speaker and honored guest this year is Bob Moses, who was a leader in the 1960’s Civil Rights movement as the main organizer of  the “Freedom Summer” project, a program which attempted to register as many African American voters as possible in Mississippi.  A Harvard-trained educator, Moses later founded the Algebra Project, a foundation devoted to improving minority education in mathematics.

Moses' Convocation talk is titled,  "Quality Public School Education as a Constitutional Right: School Children as Constitutional People."

At this year's convocation, the fifth Tony Hill Award for Community Service will be given to an individual in the Santa Cruz community who demonstrates the hallmarks of the late Tony Hill's life: mentor, inspirational leader, gifted mediator, and bridge-builder in our community.

Bringing together UC Santa Cruz students, faculty, staff, and members of our wider community, the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Convocation celebrates the life and dream of the late civil rights leader by reaffirming the human ideals of freedom, justice, community, and opportunity.

The event is free of charge and open to the public; no advance ticketing is required. UCSC shuttles will be provided to students for transportation to the Civic Auditorium and return to campus after the event. To learn more about the convocation, visit ucsc.edu/mlk.

I hope you will join your colleagues and our community for this inspiring event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.