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University of Central Missouri
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Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4640
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Tickets Available for 2014 Freedom Scholarship Dinner

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Dec. 16, 2013) –  Tickets are now available for the University of Central Missouri’s annual Freedom Scholarship dinner,  planned for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. The event is the highlight of the university’s 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Tickets for the dinner will be available by contacting the UCM Office of Mentoring, Advocacy and Peer Support at 660-543-4156, or the Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center at 100 S. Holden. Tickets may be purchased at the Bronze Level for $50, Silver Level for $75, or the Gold Level at $100. Table sponsorships also are available.

Proceeds from the event fund the Freedom Scholarships presented annually to high school and UCM students. During the past 15 years, $169,200 has been raised through the Freedom Scholarship Dinner and sponsorships, providing 174 Freedom scholarships for area high school and UCM students. The recipients of the 2013 Freedom Scholarships will be honored at 2014 event. All currently are enrolled at UCM.

Labor economist, author and commentator Julianne Malveaux will be the keynote speaker for the event. Malveaux is recognized for her progressive and insightful observations of the impact of race, culture and gender on the economy. She earned a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and served as the 15th president of Bennett College, Greensboro, N.C., America’s oldest historically black college for women, for five years. She is well-versed in today’s economic issues and offers analysis of such events as “the great recession” and their impact on the minority community and public policy.

Malveaux has served on the faculty or visiting faculty of the New School for Social Research, San Francisco State University, the University of California-Berkeley, College of Notre Dame, Michigan State University and Howard University. She also has received several honorary degrees. She is a contributor to publications such as “USA Today,” “Black Issues in Higher Education,” “Ms. Magazine,” “Essence Magazine” and “Progressive.”

Malveaux's weekly column appeared from 1990 to 2003 in newspapers across the country, and she has edited several groundbreaking books on women, race and the state of the country, including “The Paradox of Loyalty” and “An African American Response to the War on Terror.” She also co-authored “Unfinished Business: A Democrat and Republican Take on the 10 Most Important Issues Women Face.”

Additional events planned for the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration include: