Posted on December 15, 2016, BY Matthew Beltz

Rev. Sharon Washington Risher, whose mother Ethel Lee Lance was one of the victims of the Charleston church shooting, will speak at Bucknell University on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Elaine Langone Center Forum. She will also conduct a conversation and book discussion on the same day at noon in the Walls Lounge inside the ELC. Both events are free and open to the public.

Rev. Risher, who also lost two cousins and a childhood friend in the tragedy, has been an advocate for reexamining the nation's gun laws and is one of the national spokespersons for the grassroots advocacy groups Everytown and Moms Demand Gun Sense. At the lunch event, she will discuss the book, We Are Charleston: Triumph and Tragedy at Mother Emmanuel.

These talks are part of Martin Luther King Jr. Week at Bucknell, a series of programming presented by the President's Diversity Council that is intended to engage campus and local communities in a weeklong conversation about Dr. King's legacy and philosophies and the ways we might address the seemingly intractable problems of violence, hatred and discrimination. This year's theme is Charleston, Rwanda and the Possibilities for Peace.

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