Orange to deliver Call-to-Action address at 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration

For Immediate Release
Tue, 12/23/2014


John L. Amundsen

Program Officer, Outreach and Communications

ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services

(312) 280-2140

CHICAGO — Satia Marshall Orange, influential and respected former director of the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS), will serve as Call-to-Action speaker at the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration during ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. The 2015 Celebration will be held from 6:30 - 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 2 in room W181 in McCormick Place West.

Under Orange’s passionate leadership and advocacy, OLOS broadened the association's support and celebration of traditionally underserved library staff and library communities, developed new ALA member units and increased participation in events and activities, including the initiation of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration. Orange was the driving force behind the inception of the Sunrise Celebration, as well as its continued observance as a revered tradition at Midwinter.

She is the daughter of two librarians, A.L. and Ruthe Marshall, the former an ALA executive board member and longtime ALA councilor. After teaching in Missouri, New York and Wisconsin, she was a librarian at the Campus Elementary School at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Forsyth County (North Carolina) Public Library, and directed the Arthur R. Ashe, Jr. Foreign Policy Library at TransAfrica Forum in Washington, D.C. before coming to Chicago to serve as director of OLOS. She attended Lincoln University (Missouri), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and received her MLIS degree from Atlanta University.  

The Call to Action portion of the celebration provides an opportunity for a member of the profession to reflect on the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King and its importance in our professional efforts.

Orange joins Dr. Cornel West, a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. A current professor at Union Theological Seminary, he has also taught at Yale, Harvard and Princeton. The recipient of more than 20 honorary degrees, he has written many important books, including "Race Matters" and "Democracy Matters." He appears frequently on "Real Time with Bill Maher," "The Colbert Report," "Democracy Now," CNN, C-SPAN and other national and international media. He lives in New York City. Dr. West’s participation is generously made possible by Beacon Press.

The 2015 Sunrise Celebration will bring together leaders from across the association, including 2014-15 ALA President Courtney Young and ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels. Featured readings will include selected passages from the works of Dr. King. The celebration is coordinated by event co-chairs Andrew P. Jackson of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and LaJuan Pringle of the Social Responsibilities Round Table Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Task Force.

Coffee and tea will be served. Attendance is open to all attendees of the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

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The ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) is a unit within the American Library Association. It works to make ALA more democratic and to establish progressive priorities not only for the association, but also for the entire profession. Concern for human and economic rights was an important element in the founding of SRRT and remains an urgent concern today. SRRT believes that libraries and librarians must recognize and help solve social problems and inequities in order to carry out their mandate to work for the common good and bolster democracy. SRRT’s main website is hosted

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), an affiliate of the American Library Association, serves as an advocate for the development, promotion and improvement of library services and resources to the nation's African-American community and provides leadership for the recruitment and professional development of African-American librarians.  To learn more about BCALA, please visit

Beacon Press is a 160 year old independent nonprofit publisher of books on social change, history, religion, the environment, science and society. Its mission is to promote freedom of speech and thought; diversity, religious pluralism, anti-racism and respect for diversity in all areas of life.  Beacon is partnering with the Estate of Martin Luther King Jr. in publishing "The King Legacy," a series of new  editions of previously published King titles as well as new collections of  Dr. King's writings, sermons, lectures, speeches and prayers, each with new introductions by leading scholars.  To learn more about Beacon Press and The King Legacy, please visit or