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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2013

Join UE for a day of events celebrating the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 21.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Each year, the University of Evansville celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a day-long series of events, including a re-enactment of the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C., and a free, public lecture on topics related to social justice. The celebration honors King’s life and legacy, and encourages participants to reflect on how they can make a difference in their community and their world.

Schedule of Events

All events are free and open to the public

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Hear excerpts from Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic speeches on the University of Evansville’s radio station 91.5 WUEV.

12:45 p.m.
Participants gather in the Bernhardt Atrium in the Schroeder School of Business Building. Refreshments will be served.

1:00 p.m.: Walk for Justice
Join us for the University of Evansville’s 25th annual re-enactment of the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington. 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the original March on Washington. It is also Inauguration Day for President Barack Obama.

7:00 p.m.: William G. and Rose M. Mays Martin Luther King Jr. Lectureship
Through the generosity of William G. and Rose M. Mays, this lectureship funds the annual keynote speaker during the University of Evansville’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

Speaker: The Honorable Timothy C. Evans
Chief Judge, Cook County (Ill.) Circuit Court
Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center

Timothy C. Evans serves as the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, the largest of the 22 judicial circuits in Illinois and one of the largest unified court systems in the world.

He was first elected Chief Judge in September 2001 by unanimous vote of the circuit judges. He was re-elected in 2004, 2007, and 2010. Only the fourth person to serve as Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, he also is the first African American to serve in the position.

During his ten years as Chief Judge, Evans has brought sweeping reforms to the court that are both innovative and compassionate. Among his efforts are critical changes to the bail setting process; the creation of court-wide divisions dedicated to hearing only domestic violence matters and elder law matters; and the expansion of problem solving courts dedicated to mental health treatment, veterans support, drug treatment, and support to women charged with prostitution.

Under his leadership, there has been an unparalleled growth in free legal services for low-income, self-represented litigants, including a free mediation program to help homeowners facing foreclosure.

Throughout his career, Chief Judge Evans has been an outspoken voice for equal opportunities for women and minorities.

He is a 1965 graduate of the University of Illinois. He received his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, in 1969. In 2009, he became the first judge from Illinois to receive the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence from the National Center for State Courts. The award is one of the most prestigious judicial honors in the country and has been presented annually since 1996 by the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.