March 13, 2006

Talk show host, civil rights activist Judge Greg Mathis to speak at Unity Banquet

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Mathis will help Case recognize outstanding students at March 31 program

Popular talk show host and civil rights activist Greg Mathis will help Case's Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) acknowledge outstanding students during the 16th Annual Unity Banquet & Scholarship Benefit on March 31 at the Executive Caterers at Landerhaven, 6111 Landerhaven Drive in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m.

Mathis is well-known due to his nationally-syndicated "Judge Mathis" show. His career as a judge began in 1995 when he was elected to Michigan’s 36th District Court. He was one of the youngest judges in America, and his election became a natural success story and a symbol of hope for urban youth and others who are struggling to overcome societal pressures. He also is known for being a committed civil rights activist.

The theme for this year's banquet is "Strength in Numbers." According to Dr. Deborale Richardson-Bouie, OMA director, "Judge Mathis was selected because he is a phenomenal speaker who is sure to motivate the entire audience regardless of age, ethnicity or cultural perspective. His commitment to education and mentoring are excellent examples of how one can not only improve a personal situation but change a community."

Underrepresented students with grade point averages of 3.5 and above will be recognized at the event, and several scholarships, including the $10,000 Dr. Ronald E. McNair Scholarship for graduate students, will be awarded. In addition to dinner, which begins at 7 p.m., the evening’s event will feature a live jazz band.

All Case faculty and staff may purchase up to two tickets at a discounted rate of $45 each until March 24. Ticket prices for the general public are $60 until March 17, and $65 from March 20-24. A portion of the price is tax-deductible. For more information, contact Case’s OMA office at 216-368-2904, or e-mail jennifer.pricedavis@case.edu.

For more information: Kimyette Finley 216-368-0521.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, March 13, 2006 05:45 PM | News Topics: Campus Life, Lectures/Speakers, Public Policy/Politics

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