Emmy-nominated Producer/Director to speak at MLK Jr. Unity Breakfast

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Keith Beauchamp will keynote the 10th annual MLK Jr. Unity Breakfast on January 18.

Keith BeauchampEmmy-nominated Producer/Director Keith Beauchamp will be the keynote speaker for the 10th annual MLK Jr. Unity Breakfast at the University of Washington Tacoma.  The U.S. Department of Justice cited Beauchamp’s documentary, The Untold Story of Emmett Till, as a factor in reopening its 50-year-old investigation into Till’s death. 

This year’s breakfast is titled “The Spirit of Justice in a New Generation,” and is sponsored by the Division of Student and Enrollment Services and the Black Student Union.  The event is scheduled for 8 – 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 18, 2016 at the University Y Student Center. 

Dr. King’s message of equality is especially relevant considering recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, Chicago, and Baltimore.  During his presentation, Beauchamp will discuss the changing views of civil rights in the United States with an emphasis on how the past both informs and conflicts with our current understanding of race and justice. 

Keith Beauchamp spent nearly ten years investigating Emmett Till’s murder.  During the course of his research he interviewed witnesses who had never before spoken about the case.  His work yielded new leads and potential suspects that led the Department of Justice to reexamine Till’s murder.  Beauchamp currently collaborates with the FBI’s New Civil Rights “Cold Case” Initiative, producing documentaries on other unsolved civil rights murders.  He has been featured on 60 Minutes, ABC World News Tonight MSNBC, Good Morning America, CNN, BBC, as well as publications including The New York Times and Washington Post.  Beauchamp is currently the executive producer and host of Investigation Discovery’s crime reality series, The Injustice Files.

Tickets and more information about the event are available at tacoma.uw.edu/mlk.

What: MLK Jr. Unity Breakfast: “The Spirit of Justice in a New Generation.”

Who: Producer/Director Keith Beauchamp

When: Monday, January 18, 2016, 8 – 10:30 a.m.

Where: University Y Student Center

Cost: $15 ($10 for students and children under 10) in advance; all tickets $20 at the door.

About the Division of Student and Enrollment Services: The Division of Student and Enrollment Services helps create opportunities for personal development and community engagement that help students achieve their educational goals.

About the Black Student Union: The Black Student Union nurtures the development of University of Washington Tacoma students through, education, community service, campus involvement, and professional development.

January 5, 2016
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Media Contact: John Burkhardt, Communications, 253-692-4536 or johnbjr@uw.edu