Martin Luther King Speaker Joe Rogers: DREAM ALIVE
January 20, 2009 8:00 PM, Crawley Forum
On Tuesday, January 20, Joe Rogers, former Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, attorney, and lecturer, will bring his "Dream Alive" presentation to Hampden-Sydney College.
"Dream Alive" is a commentary by Rogers in dedication to the memory and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the leaders of the civil rights movement. The program is an effort to help increase the understanding of the enormous contributions that Dr. King and movement leaders imparted to the nation and a reminder that their wisdom and vision are timeless. Every presentation he gives is a unique and positive blend of inspiration, history, motivation, and education.
The "Dream Alive" program was created while Rogers was a senior in college in 1986 when he was asked to deliver the "I Have a Dream" speech during a Martin Luther King Jr. memorial service on the anniversary of Dr. King's assassination. Rogers was hesitant at first, but became intrigued and agreed to perform on campus at a candlelight vigil. He is now devoted to keeping Dr. King's "Dream Alive."
Rogers held the distinction of serving as America's youngest Lieutenant Governor and only the fourth African American in U.S. history ever elected as a state's lieutenant governor. He served on the seven-member National Commission on the Voting Rights Act and has been recognized for his work and commitment to strengthening America with the prestigious Trumpet Award from Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting System. This is one of the nation's highest honors bestowed in recognition of African-American achievement and heralds the accomplishments of individuals who have made significant contributions and enhanced the quality of life for all Americans.
Rogers has been profiled by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times and Business Week, Ebony, Jet and Teacher magazines. Ebony called him a "political trailblazer." And The New York Times wrote he is a "young, articulate, energetic, and well-prepared newcomer."
The presentation is hosted by the Office of Intercultural Affairs and co-sponsored by the Minority Student Union. Free and open to the community, it begins at 8 PM in Crawley Forum on the campus of Hampden-Sydney College.