CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — An adviser to the Reverend Martin Luther King will speak at a Southeast Missouri State University dinner honoring the late civil rights leader.
The Cape Girardeau school says Clarence B. Jones helped write King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech while serving as his political adviser, counsel and draft speechwriter. Today, Jones is a visiting professor at the University of San Francisco and scholar writer in residence at the Martin Luther King Junior Research and Education Institute at Stanford University.
Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker previously was scheduled to speak at the King dinner. But Booker is currently campaigning for the U.S. Senate.
Tickets for the January 22nd dinner at Southeast Missouri State go on sale in December.
Controversial politician Todd Akin is in North County to speak at a Republican club's monthly meeting.
He will be speak at Yacovelli's Thursday night at 7:30. The event is open to members of the North St. Louis County Republican Club and they are accepting new members. Akin was a US Congressman for a decade before losing to Senator Claire McCaskill last year.
Akin entered the national spotlight after making claims about pregnancy and legitimate rape.
If you would like to join the North St Louis County Republican Club, dues are $15 per individual or $25 per family. Reach out to the club's treasurer, Edna Ditto at (314) 837-8968.
Future speakers and topics include:
June 27: Anne Gassel on Common Core Standards
July 25: Sherman Graves on gun control
August 22: Tom Schweich state auditor