Three Speakers To Share Message on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Doane

Three speeches will highlight Martin Luther King Jr., Day on Doane's Crete Campus. Audiences will hear about King's Dream and where we are today at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Monday, January 17 in Heckman Auditorium.

Speeches will be given by Dr. Lazaro Arturo Spindola, the Nebraska Latino American Commission Executive Director; Pastor Ralph B. Lassiter, senior pastor of the Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Omaha, and Dr. Patrick Jones, University of Nebraska-Lincoln history and ethnic studies associate professor. The speeches are free and open to the public, sponsored by Doane's Multicultural Support Services.

Spindola and Lassiter will be speaking at 9 a.m. Spindola has served as the Minority Health Coordinator of the East Central District Health Department in Columbus, Neb. He is also the chairperson of the Minority Health Advisory Council. Spindola was one of the first medical interpreter trainers in Nebraska.

Spindola was born in Cuba, and his family moved to Venezuela when he was nine. He received his medical degree from the University of Carabobo, and moved to the United States in 1996. He received a master's degree in Public Health from Walden University in Baltimore.

Ralph B. Lassiter is pastor to Omaha's oldest predominantly African American Baptist church, Mt. Moriah. Lassiter earned master's degrees in Theology from St. Luke's Seminary, and in Adult Learning, Performance and Development from Drake University. He also attended the Moody Bible Institute for further religious studies.    

University Nebraska-Lincoln professor Dr. Patrick Jones will be speaking at 2 p.m. Jones wrote an award-winning book titled, "The Selma of the North: Civil Rights Insurgency in Milwaukee." In 1993, Jones received his B.A. in American History, Politics and Society from Kenyon College, and in 2002 received his doctorate in U.S. History and African American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jones is editing a collection of essays on the relationship of music to the Black Power and civil rights era. He is also editing an issue of The Magazine of History on the topic of black freedom movement in the urban North. 

For more information on the event, contact Wilma Jackson, director of Multicultural Support Services at 402.826.8620 or