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Thursday, January 24 – 3:00 pm,

Peterson Recreation Center, Providence College

Providence, R.I. – January 23, 2019 – The Reverend Nontombi Naomi Tutu, daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, will be the keynote speaker at Providence College’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation Ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 3:00 pm. The event will be held at the Peterson Recreation Center on the College’s campus.

Reverend Tutu is the third child of Archbishop Desmond and Nomalizo Leah Tutu. She was born in South Africa and also has lived in Lesotho, the United Kingdom and the United States. She was educated in Swaziland, the US and England, and has divided her adult life between South Africa and the US. Naomi Tutu’s professional experience ranges from being a development consultant in West Africa, to being program coordinator for programs on race, gender and gender-based violence in education at the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town. In addition she has taught at the Universities of Hartford and Connecticut, and Brevard College in North Carolina.

Rev. Tutu will be available to the media at the conclusion of her address.

This event will also feature the presentation of the College’s MLK Vision Award to recognize a student, faculty member, staff member, alum or community member who has exemplified Dr. King’s ministry surrounding civil rights issues of equality, freedom, justice, and opportunity for all people.

Attendance for those who are not members of the College community is by invitation-only.

Founded in 1917, Providence College is the only college or university in the United States administered by the Dominican Friars. The Catholic, liberal arts college has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 4,000 students and offers degrees in 50 academic majors.  Since 1997, Providence College consistently has been ranked among the top five regional universities in the North according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”

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