For immediate release | December 18, 2012

Dr. Jeanne Theoharis to keynote celebration of Dr. King’s enduring legacy

CHICAGO — Jeanne Theoharis, professor of political science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, will keynote the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration during the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. The celebration will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 in room 611-614 of the Washington State Convention Center.

Dr. Theoharis received her AB in Afro-American studies from Harvard College and her PhD in American culture from the University of Michigan. She is the author or coauthor of six books and numerous articles on the black freedom struggle and the contemporary politics of race in the United States. Her latest book, "The Rebellious Mrs. Rosa Parks" (Beacon, 2013) presents a corrective to the popular iconography of Parks as the quiet seamstress who with a single act birthed the modern civil rights movement, revealing a civil rights movement radical who fought to expose and eradicate the American racial caste system in jobs, schools, public services and criminal justice. The release of the book will coincide with Rosa Parks' 100th birthday on Feb. 4, 2013.

Joining Dr. Harris at this year’s celebration will be 2013 Call-to-Action Speaker Dr. Sandra Hughes-Hassell, professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her current research focuses on social justice issues in youth library services and the role of school librarians in education reform. Her most recent book is "Urban Teens in the Library: Research and Practice" (ALA Editions, 2010), which she co-edited with Denise E. Agosto. Recent journal publications include articles in Library Quarterly, Library and Information Science Research, School Library Research and Teacher Librarian. She teaches courses in services to diverse youth populations, materials for young adults and the development of school library media programs.

The theme of the 2013 celebration will be “Stride Towards Freedom,” and will bring together leaders from across the association, including 2012-13 ALA President Maureen Sullivan and ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels. Featured readings will include selected readings from the works of Dr. King.

Light refreshments will be served thanks to the generous sponsorship of World Book, Inc. Attendance is open to all attendees of the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting. For more information, please visit

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