Furman University will celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a Community Breakfast Friday, Jan. 17, at 8 a.m. in the Melvin and Dollie Younts Conference Center. The program, featuring speaker Fania E. Davis, begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Younts Conference Center.
The public is invited to attend. Tickets are $50 per person with proceeds going toward the Furman Joseph Vaughn Scholarship, which honors the university’s first African American student. The breakfast is part of a series of MLK events made possible through a partnership between Furman University and Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation.
Davis, co-founder and executive director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, is a leading national voice on restorative and racial justice. She is a longtime social justice activist, civil rights trial attorney, restorative justice practitioner, writer, professor and scholar with a Ph.D. in indigenous knowledge.
Coming of age in Birmingham, Alabama, during the social turmoil of the civil rights era, Davis developed a commitment to social transformation after the murder of two close childhood friends in the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.
Davis was active in the civil rights, black liberation, women’s, prisoners’, peace, anti-racial violence and anti-apartheid movements. Studying with indigenous healers, particularly in Africa, catalyzed Davis’ search for a healing justice – ultimately leading to her founding of the nonprofit Restorative Justice of Oakland Youth.
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