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Moravian to Celebrate MLK with Candlelight Service and Address by Donna Brazile

Bethlehem, Pa., January 10, 2007— Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary will hold two events to commemorate and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A candlelight chapel service featuring selected readings will be held to honor King on Monday, January 15, at 4 p.m., in Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building.  Donna Brazile, political commentator and chair of the Voting Rights Institute, will present “The Challenge for the 21st Century Leader: Leading with your Head and Heart,” on Tuesday, January 30, at 7:30 p.m., in Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building.

Donna Brazile is chair of the Democratic National Committee's Voting Rights Institute (VRI) and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. The VRI was established in 2001 to help protect and promote the rights of all Americans to participate in the political process. Brazile, a veteran Democratic political strategist, is the former Campaign Manager for Gore-Lieberman 2000–—the first African American to lead a major presidential campaign. Brazile, a veteran Democratic political strategist, and the former Campaign Manager for Gore-Lieberman 2000, is the first African American to lead a major presidential campaign.

Prior to joining the Gore campaign, Brazile was chief of staff and press secretary to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia where she helped guide the District's budget and local legislation on Capitol Hill.

Brazile is a weekly contributor and political commentator on CNN's Inside Politics, and American Morning. In addition, she is a columnist for Roll Call Newspaper and appears regularly on MSNBC's Hardball and Fox's Hannity and Colmes.

A veteran of numerous national and statewide campaigns, Brazile worked on several presidential campaigns for Democratic candidates, including Carter-Mondale in 1976 and 1980, Rev. Jesse Jackson's first historic bid for the presidency in 1984, Mondale-Ferraro in 1984, U.S. Representative Dick Gephardt in 1988, Dukakis-Bentsen in 1988, and Clinton-Gore in 1992 and 1996.

In addition to working on political campaigns, Brazile has served as a senior lecturer and adjunct professor at the University of Maryland and a fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics.

Brazile is the recipient of prestigious awards and honors, including Washingtonian Magazine's 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington, D.C., Essence Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women in America and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Award for Political Achievement.

Brazile, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, earned her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Currently she is the founder and managing director of Brazile and Associates, a political consulting and grassroots advocacy firm based in the District of Columbia.

The public is invited to the talk by Donna Brazile and admission is free of charge. The lecture is free and open to the public. Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building (HUB) is located at the corner of Locust and Monocacy Streets in Bethlehem, Pa.  For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Diversity by calling 610 625-7847 or by emailing to geg@moravian.edu.

In recent years, the College has celebrated King’s life with a variety of outstanding programs have which featured, Mary Frances Berry, former chair of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission; Reverend Calvin D. Butts, Ph.D., pastor of The Abyssinian Baptist Church in (Harlem) New York City; Patricia Williams, a professor of constitutional law at Columbia University; award-winning author Michael Eric Dyson; and Rev. James Alexander Forbes Jr. senior minister of New York’s Riverside Church.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.