Historian, Race Relations Expert To Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. at Doane

Doane College will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a presentation by historian and race relations expert Patrick D. Jones.

Jones will speak Monday, Jan. 15, at 9 a.m. in Whitcomb Lee Conservatory. His presentation "‘To Redeem the Soul of the Nation'": Martin Luther King, Jr., and the promise of American democracy" is sponsored by Doane's Student Leadership office. The event is free and open to the public.

Jones is a historian of 20th century U.S. political and social history, as well as race relations and African American studies. He has done extensive study of the civil rights era, the 1960s, social movements, post-WWI political and social history, and African Americans in the Jazz Age.

Jones is a member of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln history department and the Institute for Ethnic Studies. Jones earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Kenyon College in 1993 and master's degree and doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002. He taught at Allegheny College before joining UNL faculty in 2004.

His most recent endeavor includes a digital project that compares African American and Mexican migration to Omaha during the World War II-era. Jones also is completing a manuscript for Harvard University Press on race relations and the civil rights insurgency in Milwaukee, Wis., during the civil rights era.

            The public is invited to visit with Jones following his presentation, from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. in Common Grounds Coffeehouse. For more information contact Student Leadership at 402.826.8111.

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