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Presentations and guest speakers will explore the power of song, music, theater and art that supported and echoed the African American fight for freedom during “Freedom Rings,” a two-week series of events coordinated by Niagara University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs in observance of the federal holiday that marks the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A highlight of the celebration includes a presentation by keynote speaker Dr. Steve L. Robbins at 5 p.m. on Jan. 29 at the Russell J. Salvatore Dining Commons on the Niagara University campus. Dr. Robbins, founder and owner of S.L. Robbins and Associates, has assisted major corporations and clients throughout the world, including Disney, Walmart, NASA, and Microsoft, to create new solutions and conversations centered on an inclusive workplace.

Other events: 

THURSDAY: Presentation by the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center exploring Niagara Falls involvement with the African American fight for freedom at noon in the Gallagher Center.

JAN. 27: Black Inventions Traveling Museum showcases the incredible contributions of African American inventors, which enhanced the lives of many during their generation and continues to this day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gallagher Center.

JAN. 28: Willie Perdomo, Puerto Rican poet, storyteller, and author of “The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon” (a 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award finalist), “Smoking Lovely” (winner of the 2004 PEN Open Book Award), and “Where a Nickel Costs a Dime” (a Poetry Society of America Norma Farber First Book Award Finalist), will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s influence on the arts and examine moments where poetry echoed the marches in our struggle for freedom at 5 p.m. in St. Vincent’s Hall, Room 405/406.

For more information on these events, contact NU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs at 286-8510.

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