Marquette University campus


New Student Convocation details
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Al McGuire Center
770 North 12th Street

Join the Marquette community for a formal academic welcome to the Class of 2018. Congressman John Lewis, author of March: Book One, the First-year Reading Book, will provide keynote remarks. Student attendance is required, and family members are welcome to attend. Dress is business casual (no jeans, shorts or T-shirts). Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and space for family members will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration is required for this event.

For questions or special needs, please call (414) 288-1412.

Keynote Speaker

John Lewis photo by Ned Ahrens, 2010 JOHN LEWIS (GA-5) first joined the civil rights movement as a seminary student in Nashville, organizing sit-ins and participating in the first Freedom Rides, which challenged illegal segregation at bus stations across the South. He soon became the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and one of the “Big Six” national leaders of the movement, alongside such figures as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and A. Philip Randolph.

As SNCC chairman, Lewis was an architect of, and the youngest featured speaker at, the historic 1963 March on Washington, and was a key figure in the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer. Together with Hosea Williams, he led the landmark 1965 Selma–Montgomery March (known as “Bloody Sunday”), where police brutality spurred national outrage and hastened passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Despite physical attacks, serious injuries, and more than 40 arrests, John Lewis has remained a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence. His subsequent career has included voter registration activism, service on the Atlanta City Council, and over 25 years in Congress. In 2010 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.