Marquette University News Release

Marquette’s response to the civil rights movement topic of panel discussion

October 16, 2014

Event concludes formal Presidential Inauguration events for Michael R. Lovell  

MILWAUKEE – Five panelists, each of whom played a distinct role in the promotion of social justice by supporting the civil rights movement in the 1960s, will tell the story of Marquette’s response to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the spring of 1968, the founding of Marquette’s Educational Opportunity Program in 1969 and how the university helped take the program nationwide by creating the Council for Opportunity in Education in 1981.

The event will be Monday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium, 1506 W. Wisconsin Ave. Free and open to the public, it is a ticketed event. Tickets can be reserved by calling University Special Events at (414) 288-7431.

Mike Gousha, award-winning journalist and distinguished fellow in law and public policy, will lead the discussion with the five panelists:

  • T. Michael Bolger, president emeritus of the Medical College of Wisconsin and 1960s civil rights activist
  • Dr. Arnold Mitchem, member of the Marquette University Board of Trustees, founding director of the Educational Opportunity Program at Marquette University and retired president of the Council for Opportunity in Education
  • Dr. Theresa Perry, professor of education at Simmons College and former senior counselor in the Educational Opportunity Program at Marquette University
  • Maureen Hoyler, president of the Council for Opportunity in Education, former senior staff member of the Educational Opportunity Program at Marquette University
  • Dr. Hal D. Payne, vice president for student affairs, Buffalo State SUNY, and former chair of the board of the Council for Opportunity in Education

Media interested in attending the event should contact Andy Brodzeller, associate director of university communication, at (414) 288-0286 or andrew.brodzeller@marquette.edu.

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