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MLK and Civil Rights

Loy and Linda Williams were in college and graduate school in Dallas, Texas in the 1960’s. They volunteered with Dr. King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference, registering voters in Dallas and participating in other civil rights activities. Loy had the opportunity to meet Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and participate in the Selma to Montgomery voter registration march. Loy and Linda will speak from their very personal experiences, about the state of race relations in the south in the 1960’s and efforts to bring about change.

Linda has a Master’s Degree in Special Education from NIU and a Masters in Educational Administration from Loyola. Her undergraduate degree in German and History is from Southern Methodist University. In July 2000, Linda retired after 34 years in public education. For the past 20 years she was a Special Education Administrator in St. Charles.

Loy has a Masters of Social Work from the University of Iowa, a Masters of Theology from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Southern Methodist University. He has practiced as a marriage, family and individual therapist, as a school social worker and Executive Director at Tri City Family Services.

Loy and Linda have been married for 47 years this August and are parents of a son, Carl who is practicing law on the Island of St. Thomas in the USVI. They are currently semi-retired, spending time here in Geneva and also traveling. Their interests also include music/theater, Geneva Learners and tutoring.

The evening included a short reception, introduction of the Geneva Library Foundation, the presentation of the speaker, and a question and answers session.

The Geneva Library Foundation was established in 2005 as a charitable organization to provide support for current and future library materials, services and facilities. It is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c) (3) charitable organization. With a goal of raising $1 million by 2016 and $2 million by 2021, the GLF is committed to providing a substantial, permanent, and stable source of funds to support the Geneva Public Library.

Cynthia Wade, 708-989-4439,

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