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LIU Post Panel Leads “Dialogue With Lincoln, King And You”


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost for Communications, Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post

In conjunction with the exhibition of Abraham Lincoln’s Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation at LIU Post, a panel discussion will be held titled “Dialogues with Lincoln, King and You” on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012.

Sponsored by the LIU Post Chapter for the Council for Prejudice Reduction, the discussion is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. in Tilles Center for the Performing Arts Patron’s Lounge. The public is invited free of charge.

The panel will explore the relevance of the exhibited writings of Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to contemporary struggles for social justice and equality. The event will offer an opportunity for audience and panel members to share ideas about the contemporary meanings of “liberty" and “freedom" in an increasingly segregated and unequal society.

Panelists include Dr. Jeanie Attie, chair and professor, LIU Post Department of History; William Clyde, director, LIU Post Higher Education Opportunity Program; Britni Jackson, Steering Committee Member, Human Rights Campaign; Roberta Richin, Executive Director, The Council for Prejudice Reduction; and John Simpkins, Director, Talent Acquisitions and Special Projects, Henry Schein Inc.

Moderator for the panel is Dr. Jeong-eun Rhee, LIU Post associate professor in the College of Education, Information and Technology.

The panel discussion is being held during a two-day exhibition, titled “First Step to Freedom: Abraham Lincoln’s Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation,” of Lincoln's document banishing slavery in America, accompanied by the original handwritten draft of a speech made by Martin Luther King, Jr. on the centennial of the proclamation.

This rare public appearance of the document at the university’s Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, October 15 and Tuesday, October 16, 2012, is made possible by the New York State Museum, a program of the University of the State of New York and the State Department of Education/Office of Cultural Diversity.  

Tilles Center is located on the LIU Post campus in Brookville, NY. For more information, call (516) 299-3500 or email For information visit our web site at

Posted 10/10/2012

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