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Rick Daniels to deliver 2016 MLK Day Convocation address

January 12, 2016

Rick Daniels, an author and the interim dean of students at Rock Valley College, will deliver the 12th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Convocation address on Monday, Jan.18 at Beloit College. Daniels’ talk, “From Moments to Movements: The Fight for Civil Rights in the New Millennium” will take place at 4:15 p.m. and be held in the college’s Eaton Chapel (700 College Street). The event is free and open to the public.

Daniels says his personal mission in life is to “empower, impact and encourage the lives of people everywhere.”  Daniels often speaks on a variety of topics including social justice, race, hip-hop culture, and more.

Daniels is the author of Tap Dancing Without Shoes: The History of Stepping and the Impact on Greek Life and Popular Culture. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  He will begin working on a doctorate in Africology Studies at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee this fall.

Daniels’ lecture will be the 12th in a series of annual programs at the college celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King. Past speakers have included James Perkins, former mayor of Selma, Ala.; Joanne Bland, co-founder of the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute; and Robert L. Belle, Jr., former director of the Federal TRIO Programs within the U.S. Department of Education. Beloit professor Debra Majeed delivered the 2011 address and “Marching to the Mountaintop” author and Beloit alumna Ann Bausum appeared in 2012. In 2014, Brenda Hooper Atlas, also a Beloit alumna and head pastor at Bethel A.M.E. Church, offered the keynote. Beloit City Councilor and Beloit College staff member Regina Hendrix delivered last year’s address, “A Dream Deferred?”

The event will be live-streamed online at and rebroadcast on Beloit Access Television in the coming weeks. 

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