Yes We Can Luncheon Soiree – William Barnett

Date(s) - 02/24/2017
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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William BarnettJoin us for this luncheon honoring William Barnett (86), Freedom Rider, educator, administrator, and volunteer. He will present a program during this luncheon on his years as a civil rights activist.

William Barnett graduated from school at 16. At 18, he went into the army and eloped with his girlfriend. Ten years into their marriage with two children and successful careers, they both quit work, sold everything and started school, finishing with their doctorates.

He has been a teacher and administrator at the University of Iowa (Director of Asian Studies), Lansing Community College (department head), Fayetteville State (department chair) and Saginaw Valley State University (Dean of Arts & Behavioral Sciences).

Bill was very active in the Civil Rights movement having trained in workshops with Dr. Martin Luther King. He participated in sit-ins, was a freedom rider, and had 59 arrests. On his last freedom ride, he was beaten badly resulting in a four-month hospital stay.

In the past five years, among other things, he has helped build a water purification system in southern Mexico, a church in the Dominican Republic, and this year was a visiting professor in Southern India.

Lunch catered by NADA.
Menu: Mandarin Orange Wonton Salad, Teriyaki Honey Glazed Chicken, Ginger Garlic Wild Rice, Sesame Ginger Green Beans, Strawberry Shortcake
Vegetarian: Tofu Stir-fry

Friday, February 24, 11:30-1:00 p.m.  $30 RSVP required by February 20. Space is limited.

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