Freeman Hrabowski To Speak At CSCC’s MLK Commemoration

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Freeman Hrabowski
Freeman Hrabowski

Cleveland State Community College is hosting Freeman Hrabowski III to campus on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the George R. Johnson Cultural Heritage Center. Hrabowski is the featured speaker during CSCC’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration ceremony. 

A child leader in the Civil Rights Movement, Mr. Hrabowski was prominently featured in Spike Lee's 1997 documentary Four Little Girls on the racially motivated bombing of Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in 1963. He and UMBC were recently featured on CBS's 60 Minutes, attracting national attention for the campus's achievements in innovation and inclusive excellence.

Time magazine named Hrabowski one of America's 10 Best College Presidents in 2009 and one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012.

Mr. Hrabowski has served as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, since 1992. His research and publications focus on science and math education with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He chaired the National Academies' committee that produced the recent report Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America's Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. He was also recently named by President Obama to chair the newly created President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration ceremony is part of the 2013-2014 Program Series sponsored by the Office of Special Programs and Community Relations. All events are free to the public. Registration is recommended. To register or for more information on this event, visit the website at You can also call 423 473-2341 or email

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