University of Southern Indiana

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Luncheon, Monday, January 16

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Luncheon, Monday, January 16

1/11/2006 | University Communications
Award-winning author and journalist A’Lelia Bundles will speak on the topic, “Is Your Dream Alive?” at the University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day luncheon.

The event begins at 11 a.m. Monday, January 16, in Carter Hall in the University Center.

The program will include the premiere of Evansville Children's Center for Dance Education's "To Rosa...In Memory of Rosa Parks," and a reading by members of the newly formed USI South Asian Student Union.

Parks, whose refusal to relinquish her seat to a white man on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, helped launch the civil rights movement, died in October 2005.

The luncheon costs $5 for USI students and $7 for faculty, staff, and the general public.

Tickets are available at the USI Multicultural Center in the University Center, or at the door. For more information, contact Pamela Hopson, director of the Multicultural Center, at 812/465-7188.

There also will be an informal question and answer period with students, “Up Close and Person with A’Lelia,” at 1 p.m. in Carter Hall.

About A'Lelia Bundles
Bundles is director of talent development for ABC News in Washington, D.C. and New York. Her critically-acclaimed biography of her great-great-grandmother, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker, was named a 2002 Borders Books-Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist; a 2001 New York Times Notable Book; a 2001 Washington Post Best Biography; the 2001 Letitia Woods Brown Book Prize winner by the Association of Black Women Historians for the best book on black women’s history; and a 2002 Honor Book by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.

The book traces Walker’s transformation from an impoverished washerwoman into one of early 20th century America’s wealthiest self-made businesswomen. Bundles’ biography for young adults, Madam C.J. Walker: Entrepreneur, received an American Book Award.

Bundles was deputy bureau chief of ABC News in Washington from 1996 to 1999, after 20 years as a network television producer with ABC and NBC News. Among her journalism awards are a duPont Gold Baton and an Emmy.

She has appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” NBC’s “Today,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “Fresh Air,” C-Span Book TV’s “Public Lives,” WNET/13’s “A Walk Through Harlem” and other national programs.

Her articles have been published in the New York Times Book Review, O (The Oprah Magazine), Parade, Essence, Fortune Small Business, Black Issues Book Review, and the Radcliffe Quarterly.

A member of the Dean’s Council at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, the Harvard Alumni Association Nominating Committee, and the advisory board of the National Women’s History Museum, she is co-chair of the National Association of Black Journalists Authors Showcase.

She has served as president of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association and is a Radcliffe College trustee, Radcliffe Quarterly advisory board member, member of the Board of Governors of the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, Harvard Alumni Association director, Harvard Club of Washington director, and National Women’s Hall of Fame board member.

She has been a visiting faculty member at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and the Hurston/Wright Foundation’s Writers Workshop.

Bundles spearheaded the national campaign that led to the 1998 U.S. Postal Service’s Black Heritage stamp of Walker. She was inducted into the Black Memorabilia Hall of Fame in 1991 and received a 2002 Harvard Alumni Association Award and a 2004 Distinguished Alumnae Service Award from Radcliffe.

In 2003, she created the “100 Books, 100 Women” campaign to expand the library at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in New York.

Bundles was born in Chicago and attended high school in Indianapolis. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and Radcliffe College and received a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is a member of the Alpha Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Harvard College and received an honorary doctorate from Indiana University in May 2003. She lives in Washington, D.C.
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