The third annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration and Awards Program was held Wednesday night in Reeve Union. The featured speaker was alumnus Shawn Anthony Robinson. He’s the co-creator of the graphic novel Doctor Dyslexia Dude, based on his own journey through education with dyslexia. Robinson earned a bachelor’s degree in human services from UWO in 2002, before earning a master’s from DePaul University and a doctorate from Cardinal Stritch University.
During the event, the Oshkosh 94 Student Leadership Award was presented to Josiah Benjamin, a junior human services leadership major from Oshkosh.
The Oshkosh 94 Student Leadership Award was created through a project to commemorate what’s known as Black Thursday, the Nov. 21, 1968 protest by African American students attending UWO. The protest resulted in mass arrests and expulsion of 94 students. The Oshkosh 94 award recognizes students who continue efforts to advance the standing and enhance the experiences of African American students at UWO. It also acknowledges students who have demonstrated leadership in promoting equity, inclusion and social justice for African Americans.
(Photos by Andrew Bott, University Marketing and Communications)