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Four first-year students will join Tim Silvestri, coordinator of drug and alcohol services, in making a presentation on “What if Martin Luther King Jr. had Lived?” 12:10-1:10 p.m. today in the Farinon Center Marlo Room.

Free and open to the public, the event is part of Lafayette’s celebration of Black History Month. Lunch may be brought or purchased for $3.

The students — Brian Greene, Fayola Bostic, Larissa Bellamy, and Michael Schmidt – were in Silvestri’s First-Year Seminar in the fall semester, which focused on the topic of the presentation.

“King was a legendary civil rights leader whose words and actions permanently changed the face of America,” says Silvestri. “Yet King’s primary emphasis on class struggles during the last five years of his life have been mostly ignored by contemporary society. This lecture will provide a brief overview of why King’s message and tactics are so relevant in the world today, an examination of his focus on class issues as the U.S.’s major obstacle to becoming a multicultural society, and a discussion regarding what might be the root causes for contemporary society’s tendency to ignore his emphasis on class.”

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