Author Julia Alvarez will deliver the 26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Lecture on Race and Nonviolent Social Change on Thursday at Siena College.
Alvarez’s talk, “Changing the World One Imagination at a Time: Storytelling & Activism,” will take place at 7 p.m. at the Marcelle Athletic Complex.
Alvarez is best known for her novels “In the Time of the Butterflies” and “How the García Girls Lost Their Accents.” She lives in Vermont, where she is a writer-in-residence at her alma mater, Middlebury College.
This year’s lecture will commemorate the 45th anniversary of King’s death on April 4, 1968.
Capital Region high school students and community leaders will also be recognized during the program. The 2013 Student Courage Awards celebrate young people from grades 6 to 12 who have demonstrated courage by taking positive action against racism, prejudice, bias-related violence and other forms of intolerance in their communities.
Mohonasen High School senior Khrystin Comerford placed second. Comerford is involved in a variety of groups, including “Study Circles on Diversity,” through which she organized schoolwide activities that promote understanding and acceptance.
South Colonie High School senior Jason Neal will be awarded third place. He founded and leads the “iCARE (Integrity, Community, Accountability, Respect, Empathy) Campaign” against bullying, harassment and intolerance.