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2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Commemoration: Roger Pulliam, "A Fifty-Year Retrospective on Martin Luther King Jr.'s Impact on African American Students' Presence in Higher Education"

  • Date: Monday, January 21, 2019
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: Valders Hall of Science, Room 206

After the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., black college students across the United States reacted with sit-ins and demands that their campuses recruit more African American students, hire more faculty and administrators of color, and implement a diverse curriculum. Roger Pulliam was at Western Michigan University in 1968 when a group of students known as the Black Action Movement submitted a list of demands to WMU’s president challenging discriminatory practices at the school and demanding an increase in racial minority student and faculty representation on campus. That movement gave rise to what eventually became WMU’s Martin Luther King Jr. Student Scholars Academy. Having worked as a faculty member and administrator at predominantly white campuses for over 50 years, Pulliam will share insights regarding how King’s philosophy and vision empowered black students to engage in one of the most transformative educational movements in U.S. history. He will also explore how King’s philosophy and vision speak to today’s racial realities at colleges and universities across the U.S.

For 30 years, Roger Pulliam was professor of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education at the University of Wisconsin– Whitewater, from which he retired as emeritus assistant vice chancellor for Academic Support Services. He has written extensively about black student unions and is senior faculty advisor of the Office of National Black Student Union.

Questions? Contact Guy Nave, 563-387-2143