Louis Gossett Jr. Kicks Off Martin Luther King Jr. Events

OGDEN, Utah –  Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. will discuss “Eracism” at Weber State University to begin the events commemorating the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Gossett will speak Jan. 10 at 10:30 a.m. in the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Gossett is best known for his Academy Award-winning role as Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Emil Foley in “An Officer and a Gentleman” and his Emmy Award-winning role as Fiddler in the television miniseries “Roots.”

In 2006, Gossett created Eracism Foundation Inc. to advocate against racism, violence and ignorance.

“Our campus is in the unique position to attract notable talents like Mr. Gossett,” said Forrest Crawford, WSU teacher education professor and one of the event organizers. “As the university-wide diversity initiative continues to prosper, this visit underscores all the wonderful work that’s conducted across campus while equally commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”

Crawford, himself, will be honored by the Utah Martin Luther King Human Rights Commission at its Jan. 11 luncheon. He will receive the Drum Major award for his long-time human rights activism.

In addition, WSU’s Center for Diversity and Unity, the Community Involvement Center and the NAACP of Ogden will host the annual “Martin Luther King Jr. March” Jan. 21 at 9 a.m. at the Marshall White Center (222 28th St., Ogden, Utah.) 

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Forrest Crawford, teacher education professor
801-626-7420 · fcrawford@weber.edu

Allison Barlow Hess, director of Public Relations
801-626-7948 • ahess@weber.edu