February 20, 2007 (Vol. 5, No. 2)
Congressman Gregory Meeks to Deliver Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Feb. 27
Elected to the House of Representatives in1998, Congressman Meeks represents the Sixth Congressional District, which is the wealthiest African-American district in the country. It covers Jamaica and most of southeast Queens, including JFK Airport. A former assistant district attorney and worker's compensation judge, Congressman Meeks has earned praise for his balanced voting record and advocacy on labor and business issues. He won the Legislator of the Year Award in 2005 from the Information Technology Industry Council, and the Congressional Leadership Award in 2006 from the Urban League.
Originally from East Harlem, Congressman Meeks was educated in New York City's public school system and went on to graduate from Adelphi University and the Howard University School of Law. He lives in Far Rockaway with his family.
Other speakers will include Lehman President Ricardo R. Fernández, who will deliver welcoming remarks. Lehman alumnus Michael Deas, a social worker and gifted orator who received Lehman's "Adjunct Teacher of the Year" Award in 2006, will read excerpts from Dr. King's speech "I Have a Dream."
Soprano Jacqueline Bergland of the College's music faculty will present a program of spirituals, as well as classical pieces. Prof. Bergland has sung professionally both as a soloist and as a member of a female singing trio, "Las Tres Amigas." She has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean, performing classical religious and secular selections, and has directed many church, youth, and high school choirs.
For more information, call Lehman's Department of African and African American Studies at (718) 960-7803.