Jerome Ringo

Jerome Ringo

Other 2009 Events Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Illinois Wesleyan:

> Action Research Center Panel Discussions

> Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Gospel Festival

> Chapel Hour Celebrating Spirit of Change

Environmental Activist Jerome Ringo to Speak at Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Dinner

January 12, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The 19th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Dinner will feature guest speaker Jerome Ringo, an environmental pioneer and the president of the Apollo Alliance. Ringo will give the keynote speech, “The Color of Green: Dr. King’s Vision for the Future.”

Illinois Wesleyan University, with co-sponsor the United Community Gospel Singers of Bloomington-Normal, will host the dinner in the Young Main Lounge of the Memorial Center (104 University St., Bloomington) on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 5 p.m.

Tickets for the fellowship dinner are $13 for adults, and $6.50 for IWU students and children under 12. They can be purchased through the Illinois Wesleyan University Bookstore in the Hansen Student Center (300 Beecher St., Bloomington), or by contacting Carl Teichman director of government and community relations, at (309) 556-3429, or by contacting the Rev. James Sims at (309) 828-4602.

The Apollo Alliance, a coalition of business, community, environmental and labor leaders, represents more than 17 million Americans and is aimed at promoting clean energy solutions that will also lower dependence on foreign energy, reduce carbon emissions and secure jobs for American workers.

Ringo first initiated environmental justice groups after witnessing the pollution generated by the Louisiana petrochemical industry for which he worked.  His focus later spanned safe working environments, quality jobs and labor unions.

After being elected to the National Wildlife Federation’s board of directors in 1996, Ringo became chair in 2005, making him the first African American to lead a key conservation organization.  In 1998, he was the United States’ only African American delegate at the Global Warming Treaty Negotiations in Kyoto, Japan, and a year later he attended the United Nation’s sustainable development conference as a representative of the National Wildlife Federation.

For additional information, contact Carl Teichman, director of government and community relations at (309) 556-3429.

Contact: Nicole Travis ’11, (309) 556-3181