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MLK talk rescheduled for April 1

Berry
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Mary Frances Berry, chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, is scheduled to deliver the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address on Monday, April 1. Berry's presentation was originally scheduled for February 1 but was postponed due to weather.

Her talk, "Empowering the Dream: Reaffirming the American Ideals of Freedom, Justice and Opportunity for All," will be presented at 7 p.m. in the Interfaith Chapel on the River Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Berry is serving her second term as chairwoman of the commission, an oversight panel that examines civil rights complaints and issues reports. Berry recently won the first round in a dispute with the Bush Administration over the appointment of the president's nominee to the commission. The two sides disagree whether the term of a current commission member, appointed in 2000 to the seat of a commissioner who died, has expired. A U.S. district court judge ruled last month that the language of a 1994 amendment to the law governing the makeup of the commission gave all commissioners six-year terms. The Justice Department is appealing the ruling.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address is sponsored by the Office of the President and the College Diversity Roundtable.



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