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MLK Jr Day Community Celebration

January 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Viterbo University – Fine Arts Center Main
Viterbo Fine Arts Center 900 Viterbo Dr
La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601


Viterbo University D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

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On Monday, Jan. 15 Viterbo University will honor Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with a day dedicated to a variety of engagement opportunities that not only uplift the life and legacy of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. but provide spaces of learning, service, and advocacy with our underrepresented and marginalized communities in the Coulee Region and beyond.

Afternoon Workshops

The solidified schedule will be on the DEI website with more description for each session. All sessions will be held in the FSPA Lobby, Fine Arts Center, Viterbo University.

(Notes that the workshops are approximate times)

1:00 – Ariel Beaujot – UWL Public Historian presents Hear-Here, a social justice project that lifts the stories of marginalized groups in La Crosse’s history, and starts a new chapter of stories in North La Crosse coming in April 2024.

2:00 – Tracy Littlejohn – The significance of La Crosse to the Ho-Chunk People is shared through stories and the history of Indian removals west and the return of the Ho-Chunk people to La Crosse and the region they call home.

3:00 – Identities of Hmong Women in La Crosse panel discussion where Hmong women across generations discuss their lives, work, and families in La Crosse and what makes La Crosse a special Hmong community.

Community Celebration
7 p.m. Rev. Dr. Alexander Gee – Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Rev. Dr. Alexander Gee, is CEO of The Center for Black Excellence and Culture. He is also the founding Lead Pastor of Fountain of Life Church, and founder of the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development, as well as its renowned initiative, Justified Anger.

Gee is a published author, adjunct faculty, community activist, life coach, international lecturer, and relief worker. Gee is considered a serial social entrepreneur, having started four successful small businesses and initiatives that currently employ nearly 40 staff.

In recognition of his work within the local community, Dr. Gee has received numerous honors, such as the 1994 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award from the City of Madison.

Dr. Gee studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Fuller Seminary, and Bakke Graduate University. He is the author of two books and host for the award-winning podcast, Black Like Me.

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