St. John’s Welcomes Community to a Conversation on the Future of Children and Education

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In 1967, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech titled “Where Do We Go from Here?” St. John’s College invites citizens and community leaders to gather together and explore this question to honor Dr. King’s life and as a continuation of his work. The program opens with a keynote address by former Deputy Attorney General for Maryland and current member of the Maryland State Board of Education, Donna Hill Staton, on Saturday, January 12 at 9:30 a.m. A panel discussion featuring Martha Gardner, Anne Arundel County 2012 Teacher of the Year, and K-12 students and educators from area schools follows at 10 a.m. Seminars, co-led by faculty members from St. John’s and Sojourner-Douglass College, will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Staton’s keynote address and the panel discussion will be held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium. Participants should arrive at 9 a.m. for registration and a continental breakfast. All events are free; the seminars, however, require advance registration. To register: www.stjohnscollege.edu/events

Staton’s keynote address and the panel discussion explore “Protecting Our Children, Protecting Our Future.” Staton’s long history of involvement with youth development initiatives includes coordinating attorney-mentoring programs with Baltimore City schools, the High School Mock Trial Program and pro bono legal representation of children in need of assistance. In 2000, Staton, a former Howard County judge, was named one of Maryland's Top 100 Women by the Daily Record and has been recognized as a Woman of Achievement in Maryland History. She received her JD from The George Washington University.


Schedule of Events

Saturday, January 12:

9-9:30 a.m. – Check-in and refreshments. Francis Scott Key Lobby.

9:30-10 a.m. – Keynote address by Donna Hill Staton, Maryland State Board of Education. Francis Scott Key Auditorium.

10-11:15 a.m. – Panel discussion with Martha Gardner, Anne Arundel County 2012 Teacher of the Year, and area K-12 students and educators. The discussion will be moderated by Ford Rowan, expert in crisis management and conflict resolution. Francis Scott Key Auditorium.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Seminars on Dr. King’s “Where Do We Go from Here?” speech, co-led by faculty from St. John’s and Sojourner-Douglass College. Mellon Hall classrooms.


Sunday, January 13:

4 p.m. – Sixth annual “Lift Every Voice” gospel concert, featuring the All Children’s Chorus of Annapolis and the Singing Sensations Youth Choir from Baltimore. Doors open at 3 p.m. Francis Scott Key Auditorium.


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