Deval Patrick to speak at university

Massachusetts Governor and South Side native Deval Patrick will deliver the keynote address at the University of Chicago’s Martin Luther King Celebration at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Patrick has deep ties to the South Side of Chicago and the Washington Park community, where he was raised by his mother and grandparents in an apartment near the corner of 54th Street and Wabash Avenue.

At 14, he won a scholarship to Milton Academy, a prestigious preparatory school in Massachusetts. Patrick, who was the first member of his family to attend college, went on to graduate from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

After law school, he clerked for a federal judge, served as a staff attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and joined the Boston law firm Hill & Barlow.

Patrick was elected governor in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. He is the first African-American governor of Massachusetts.

Other events taking place in honor of King include the University Community Service Center’s annual MLK Day of Service on Saturday, Jan. 18 and a seminar and bus tour on King’s legacy hosted by civil rights leader Timuel Black. 

Patrick’s speech at Rockefeller Chapel (5850 S. Woodlawn Ave.) is free and open to the public.