From the TV courtroom to Mitrani Hall

For Immediate Release: Feb. 3, 2016

BLOOMSBURG— Judge Greg Mathis, civil rights activist and television personality, will speak as part of Bloomsburg University’s 23rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. Mathis will deliver the keynote speech, “Political Empowerment: Maintaining and Building Your Community,” in BU’s Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall.

A street youth from Detroit who rose from jail cell to court bench, Mathis informs and inspires millions through his award-winning television court show, “Judge Mathis”; his weekly news column; and his TV appearances on shows such as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Today Show” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” A civil rights activist, Mathis began his work in public service while in college where he led Free South Africa and voter registration campaigns. In 1983, he joined the staff of the Detroit City Council and advocated for equal justice with the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH program. Currently, he is chairman of the organization and a board member of the NAACP and the Morehouse School of Medicine.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration is sponsored by the Multicultural Center and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Mathis’ presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Multicultural Center at 570-389-4937.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.