Media advisory – MLK Celebration 2008

Actualizing MLK's vision: Washington University social work students to host free financial workshops Saturday, Feb. 2

WHAT: “Financial Freedom Seminar: Achieving Economic Independence Through Education”

WHEN: 8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2

  • 8:30 a.m.- Keynote address by Dr. Bessie House-Soremekun, founder and CEO of the National Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. (NCE). The NCE is a national, international, and regional collaborative of business centers whose main objective is to promote entrepreneurial efficacy and economic growth across the country.

WHERE: Washington University’s Brown Hall, near the intersection of Forsyth Boulevard and Chaplin Drive.

WHO: Sponsored by the Society of Black Student Social Workers (SBSSW) and the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis

COST: Free and open to the public

WHY: “This is an opportunity for us to engage the African American community and other communities in more than simply remembering the legacy of Dr. King; it gives us a chance to begin the process of actualizing his vision, which extends far beyond physical appearances of equality along color lines,” says Michele Fontaine, SBSSW co-chair and second-year social-work student.

“Helping individuals and families of color to sustain themselves and to build their assets will do more than simply increase the size of pocketbooks; it will encourage the much-needed motivation for us to continue to strive for a better life, and to pass down to newer generations a psychology of increased self-worth, intensified hunger for achievement, and unwillingness to accept injustice in any form.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION: (314) 935-7262