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MLK Dinner highlights Black History Month at NMSU

Black Programs at New Mexico State University will hold its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in the Corbett Center Ballrooms.

The Rev. Lucius Walker will be the featured speaker at the Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner hosted by Black Programs at NMSU. (NMSU photo courtesy of Black Programs)

The featured speaker for the dinner will be the Rev. Lucius Walker, the executive director of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO). The organization has the distinction of being the only ecumenical foundation committed exclusively to the support of community organizing.

"It is a great honor to have a man who has lived and practiced social equality and justice," said Festus Addo-Yobo, director of Black Programs.

Addo-Yobo said Walker will be speaking about the legacy of faith in terms of Black American history.
Through IFCO, Walker has used his leadership to serve and empower those who suffer human rights violations. The organization has supported the fight against colonialism and crimes against humanity in the nations of Africa, provided self-determination for Puerto Rico and aid and justice for Central America.

In 1984, Walker became the founding pastor of a Baptist church in Brooklyn, New York, which is dedicated to preaching and ministering to the spiritual and social needs of the community.

In 1988, Walker was shot in a terrorist attack on innocent civilians by Nicaraguan contras as he led an IFCO study delegation. In response to the attack, Walker formed the project Pastors for Peace, which organizes humanitarian aid caravans as a way to assist the victims of U.S. foreign policy.

The IFCO and Pastors for Peace has delivered caravans of aid to Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Cuba and Chiapas, Mexico.

"He has left the confines of his church to help the poor," Addo-Yobo said.

Walker is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and peace awards including the Gandhi Peace Award and the Thomas Merton Award.

Aside from speaking at the dinner, Walker will be speaking at the Senate Chambers in Garcia Annex at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20. His topic will be the education of Hispanics in Latin America.

Tickets for the dinner will be $35 for general admission and $15 for students. For more information call (575) 646-4208.
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