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Inspirational Speaker to Headline College’s ‘King Day’ Observance

Lonise P. BiasA motivational speaker whose civic involvement was cemented by tragedy will deliver the keynote address as Pennsylvania College of Technology observes the 25th anniversary Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service this month.

Lonise P. Bias, will offer “Living Beyond the Dream: A Message of Hope for Families, Communities and the Nation” at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium on Penn College’s main campus in Williamsport. Her appearance, sponsored by the college’s Cultural Life Committee, is free and open to the public.

Bias’ commitment to reclaim her community was forged in the deaths of her two sons: Len, the University of Maryland basketball player who died June 19, 1986, of cocaine intoxication two days after being drafted by the Boston Celtics and Jay, killed in a December 1990 drive-by shooting.

She has worked with the faith-based community; the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency; the U.S. Department of State; the U.S. Office of Personnel Management; the White House Office of Drug Control Policy; the National Basketball Association and National Football League; National Collegiate Athletic Association colleges; and numerous middle schools, high schools and universities.

The speech is the culmination of the college’s three-day observance of King’s legacy.

On Saturday, Jan. 15, the college’s Multicultural Society will partner with the Community Alliance for Progressive Positive Action in community-service projects at Cochran Elementary School at 10 a.m.

And, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, Penn College students will be panelists for a discussion of “Religion and Civil Rights.” The “town hall meeting,” to be held in Penn’s Inn on the second floor of the Bush Campus Center, is free and open to the public.

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