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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release January 13, 2010

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

WHTC explores African American history in Iowa

African American Museum of Iowa’s lecture series continues Sunday

(COUNCIL BLUFFS) – The Western Historic Trails Center will mark Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Sunday as part of a lecture series presented by the African American Museum of Iowa.

Peggy Jones of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will discuss racial equality and non-violence at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, at WHTC, 3434 Richard Downing Avenue in Council Bluffs. The lecture is free and open to the public. More information is available by calling 712-366-4900.

Jones is an assistant professor, graduate faculty member, and past interim chairperson of the UNO Black Studies Department. She is also a senior research fellow and the College of Arts and Science representative for the Center for Collaboration Science.

She co-authored “Toward Achieving the Beloved Community: Lessons for Applied Business Research and Practice from the Teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” and recently developed the Special Topics course at UNO, “Gandhi, King, and Nonviolence.”

In her presentation, Jones will share facts about Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mohandas K. Gandhi and how the two political and spiritual leaders employed nonviolent tactics to achieve their socio-political goals. She will also discuss the social construction of nonviolence as a workable alternative for conflict resolution.

The lecture is part of the African American Museum of Iowa’s “Experiencing Black Iowa” lecture series, which is designed to engage southwestern Iowa in the heritage of African American history in Iowa. The lecture series is supported by the Iowa West Foundation.

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