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Civil Rights Leader to Speak

Feb 4, 2010

Jefferson Thomas

Program postponed due to weather. Rescheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, March 18, in the McIntosh Ballroom.

The Ohio Northern University Office of Multicultural Development presents guest lecturer and American civil rights leader Jefferson Thomas on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. in the McIntosh Ballroom.

This event is free and open to the public.

During the 1957-58 school year, Thomas was one of nine African-American students, nicknamed “the Little Rock nine,” who participated in the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. The event is considered by many to be among the most significant catalysts in the civil rights movement.

Thomas has received numerous awards from local and federal government agencies, including the NAACP Spingarn Medal and the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award in the United States, which he received for his service to American democracy.

Ohio Northern University commemorates Black History Month this February with a number of scheduled events. Several campus organizations will collaborate to provide diverse opportunities to celebrate African-American heritage.

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