Randall Robinson, Carlos Alfonso Rosero to Speak at Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture in Social Justice at Penn

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460January 16, 2008

WHO: Randall Robinson, founder of the TransAfrica Forum, lawyer and best-selling author Carlos Alfonso Rosero, founding member of the Black Communities Process organization in Colombia

WHAT: 7th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture in Social Justice, “A Conversation on Reparations”

WHEN: 5:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25

WHERE: Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Zellerbach Theater, 3680 Walnut St.

Randall Robinson, founder of the TransAfrica Forum, is best known for his opposition to South African apartheid and his work on behalf of Haitian immigrants and Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Carlos Alfonso Rosero helped formulate Law 70, which requires the Colombian government to guarantee preservation of Columbian Afro-descendants’ ancestral territories, invest in their socioeconomic development and protect their cultural identity and civil rights.

Tukufu Zuberi, director of the Center for Africana Studies at Penn and a host on the PBS series “History Detectives,” will moderate the discussion.

Seating is limited. Free tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis from the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts Box Office, 3680 Walnut St. or by calling 215-898-3900.