I’m not exactly an emotional person but I had to fight back tears last week when talking on the phone with Xernona Clayton.
Clayton was a close friend of Martin Luther King Jr. and his family. In fact, she was with Coretta Scott King the night her husband was assassinated. And she remembers the night and subsequent funeral service like it happened yesterday. You can read more about that here.
Clayton is speaking on campus Monday in honor of King’s birthday. Her keynote address is set for 3 p.m. in the Kimball Ballroom. Bring tissues.
While you’re marking your calendar, add this to Thursday’s line-up: Stephens students will be showcasing some of the best films they produced in 2012.
Best of the Year 2012 Student Films starts at 7 p.m. in Charters Lecture Hall in the Helis Communication Center. The Tribune’s talented arts editor, Aarik Danielsen, profiled the event in his column yesterday; check it out here.
Did you catch the Miss America pageant Saturday? Even if you didn’t, perhaps you heard about Alexis Wineman, the competition’s first contestant with autism. She also happens to be the sister of Danielle Wineman, a Stephens’ student.
Alexis, otherwise known as Miss Montana, didn’t take the crown but she shared her story with E! News, Time, ABC News and others, no doubt inspiring girls everywhere who face their own hurdles. Congrats to the Wineman family.