King speechwriter to speak at Fairfield University

MLK Jr. Convocation to be held at Quick Center Jan. 28

Dr. Clarence B. Jones, political adviser, counsel, and former draft speechwriter for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will be the keynote speaker at Fairfield University’s 2015 MLK Jr. Convocation to be held at the Quick Center for the Arts on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m.

Dr. Clarence B. Jones

Dr. Clarence B. Jones

Jones is currently a visiting professor at the University of San Francisco and a scholar writer-in-residence at the Martin Luther King Jr. Research & Education Institute at Stanford University.

The event is free and open to the public, and is part of Fairfield University’s weeklong celebration of the life and legacy of the late Dr. King, “Dare to Dream.”

Also at the Convocation, Vision Awards will be presented to four members of the Univers

ity community for their efforts to instill and inspire the teachings of Dr. King. Honorees are Nicole Davidow, a senior from Southington.; Dr. Jocelyn Boryczka, associate professor of politics, of Milford; Will Johnson, associate dean of students, of Hamden; and Larri Mazon, former director of Institutional Diversity Initiatives, of Hamden, who will be awarded the Rev. John LaFarge, S.J. Award, named in honor of a leader and a spokesman for the human rights of African Americans.

Wylie Smith Blake, campus minister of Community Outreach, and Dr. Kris Sealey, associate professor of philosophy, are co-chairmen of this year’s event, supported by a committee of 21 volunteers.

“Honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King is very dear to the Jesuit mission of our University,” Dr. Sealy said. “It is our hope that the theme of this year’s celebration – Dare to Dream – inspires our campus community reignite Dr. King’s tireless work toward racial and social justice in their own lives.”

More details are available at

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Fairfield University at 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield, Connecticut. Entrance to the Quick Center is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road. Free, secure parking is available. Access for people with disabilities is available throughout the Quick Center for audience members and performers. Hearing amplification devices are available upon request at the Box Office. Fairfield University is located off exit 22 of Interstate-95. For further information and directions, call (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-278-7396, or visit

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