Thursday, January 31, 2019
In 2018, 50 years since Dr. King’s assassination, Ms. Preacely is a significant choice to serve as keynote speaker for Ivy Tech’s annual Doing the Dream activities , which include the public banquet in Kokomo January 31.
Raised in Harlem, where she knew activists Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael, and Bob Moses, Ms. Preacely became an adherent of nonviolent change as a teenager and worked in the freedom movement in Maryland and rural southwest Georgia with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. As a passionate proponent of nonviolent activism in the Sixties, her path often crossed Dr. King’s. Dr. King visited her and other students when they were being held in the Albany, Ga., jail, for their voter registration activities and community organizing, and she was on hand for his “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C. She will bring an important – and inspiring – personal perspective to our view of those historic times and their relevance today.
Ms. Preacely has devoted her life to the philosophy of nonviolent action to improve the lives of her fellow citizens, from working as a Freedom Rider and member of SNCC in the South to working against de facto segregated schools in Boston and protesting the Vietnam War when she returned to the North. Retired after 30 years as an advocate and administrator in the public health sector, Ms. Preacely now works with domestic violence and suicide prevention in the Los Angeles metro area, where she has lived since 1982.