Created: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 02:45:00 EST
Updated: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 02:49:19 EST
Tickets are available for Friday's convocation commemorating the 50th anniversary of Mercer University’s integration and featuring a speech by Andrew Young, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Atlanta mayor.
The 3 p.m. convocation in Willingham Auditorium campus will include a performance by the Mercer Singers and a video presentation featuring Mercer’s integration trailblazers.
Young, an ordained minister and former U.S. congressman, confronted segregation with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and galvanized a movement that transformed a nation through nonviolence.
Young was a key strategist and negotiator during the civil rights campaigns in Birmingham and Selma that resulted in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Tickets may be picked up at The Grand Opera House box office on Mulberry Street between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., or at the University Center Box Office on the Mercer campus between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
This year not only marks the anniversary of the University’s integration, but also the anniversary of Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” (April 16) and his “I Have a Dream” speech (Aug. 28), as well as the death of civil rights activist Medgar Evers (June 12) and the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham. (Sept. 15).