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January 21, 2021 / 7:00 pm EST

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Andrew Young and Julian Phillips

Pictured from left to right: Andrew Young and Julian Phillips

This event is the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture, and is part of a week-long celebration of Dr. King’s life & work. For information on additional events during the week, please scroll down below.

Andrew Young

Andrew J. Young heard the call to service as a young man. He has lived his life in response to that call, from his ordination as a minister, to his work on behalf of civil and human rights, to his public service career as a member of Congress, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and Mayor of Atlanta. The Andrew Young Foundation builds on his legacy by developing and nurturing new generations of innovative leaders to tackle this era’s global challenges.

He has shared his life’s work in books including A Way Out of No Way: The Spiritual Memoirs of Andrew Young, An Easy Burden: The Civil Rights Movement and the Transformation of America, and Walk in My Shoes: Conversations between a Civil Rights Legend and his Godson on the Journey Ahead. Ambassador Young has received honorary degrees from more than 100 universities and colleges in the U.S. and abroad. President Jimmy Carter awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and France awarded him the Legion d’Honneur, each representing the highest civilian honor for that particular nation. In 2011 he received an Emmy Lifetime Achievement award, and his portrait became part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

Julian Phillips, guest moderator

Julian is a Purdue alumnus, an Emmy award winning journalist, political analyst & advisor, author, motivational speaker, restauranteur and celebrity chef. He has written two spiritually-based books, and served on many advisory boards over the years; including Purdue University’s College of Liberal Arts and Discovery Park boards. Julian is a three-time Emmy Award winner; recipient of an Edward R. Murrow Award; New York State Broadcasters Award; the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association Award; and the Purdue College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumni Award.

This event is taking place as part of a week-long celebration of events recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Other events will include a day of service food drive benefiting the ACE Campus Food Pantry, an art show in downtown Lafayette and many other events. More information on those events will be announced here as available.

Special opening remarks from Purdue University’s President, Mitch Daniels.

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