LOS ANGELES — Activist and criminal justice reform leader Susan Burton will deliver the keynote address at Loyola Marymount University’s annual interfaith celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This year’s virtual event will be at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. Guests can register for a Zoom link here.
Susan Burton is the founder of A New Way of Life, a nonprofit organization that provides housing and other support to formerly incarcerated women. She is nationally known as an advocate for restoring basic civil and human rights to those who have served time.
Burton is the 2010 recipient of the Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award from the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. In 2015, on the 50th anniversary of Selma-to-Montgomery marches and the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Los Angeles Times named her one of the “18 New Civil Rights Leaders” in the nation. She is the author, with Cari Lynn, of “Becoming Ms. Burton” (New Press).
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Celebration at LMU is hosted by the Office of Black Student Services, Ethnic and Intercultural Services, The Learning Community, Campus Ministry and Student EXP. Past speakers include womanist scholar-activist Melina Abdullah, U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, and civil rights figure Rev. James Lawson.
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About Loyola Marymount University
Loyola Marymount University is an elite, top-ranked national university by U.S. News and World Report, which places LMU among the top five Jesuit universities in the country and in the top six private universities in California. Founded in 1911, LMU is a Catholic, Jesuit, and Marymount university with more than 6,500 undergraduate students and more than 3,000 graduate and law students. LMU offers 60 undergraduate majors and 56 minor programs, along with 49 master’s degree programs, three doctorate programs and 14 credential/authorization programs. LMU’s intercollegiate athletics teams compete in the West Coast Conference with 20 Division I and varsity sports.