Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration (hosted by faces&voices)

Monday, January 15, 2018 - 7:00am
Grand River Center
500 Bell Street
Dubuque, IA 52001

7:00 a.m. - Breakfast
7:30 a.m. - Celebration

Keynote speaker: Farris Muhammad, Ph. D.

Farris MuhammudDr. Farris Muhammad is the Executive Director of the Multicultural Family Center, an adjunct Sociology Professor at the University of Dubuque, and a Certified Intercultural Competency Trainer for the City of Dubuque. He earned his Ph.D. in Education Administration and Policy, as well as an Interdisciplinary Qualitative Research Certificate from the University of Georgia.

His 237-page dissertation, which focuses on providing voice to marginalized groups through narrative inquiry, is titled The Educational Resilience of African-American Males in Detroit: A Reflective Analysis of Lived Experiences. Much of his research has focused on Black males overcoming trauma and beating the odds. He has published papers such as: African American Resilience: The Need for Policy in Escaping the Trap of Special Education (2016), The Educational Resilience of Black Males: An Ecological Analysis of Inner-city Students (2014), and have presented at numerous national conferences concentrating on educational access and equity, educational leadership, and multicultural educational policy that impacts marginalized groups.

Dr. Muhammad has been recognized by the University Council of Education Administration as a Barbara Jackson Scholar for his work in the field of education. In addition, he was awarded the prestigious Asa G. Hilliard III and Barbara A. Sizemore fellowship through the Research Institute on African Americans and Education for his scholarship.

PLEASE NOTE: All registrations after January 8 are $25 and on a space-available basis
Payment with cash or check may also be made at the door the morning of the event, if seats are still available.

For registration questions, please contact Hillary Baker at or by calling 563.588.2700.

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  • Adults: $20.00
  • Youth 12 and under: $10.00

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