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Anti-racism activist, Jane Elliott, to keynote at Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

Posted at 11:40 AM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 12:40:07-05

COLLEGE STATION, TX — The MSC Carter G. Woodson Black Awareness Committee at Texas A&M University has scheduled anti-racism activist, Jane Elliott, to deliver the keynote address for the 14th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast on Jan 21, 2021.

Elliott, a former schoolteacher, is known for her "Blue Eyes-Brown Eyes" exercise, an anti-racism activity she first conducted with her class on April 5, 1968; the day after King was assassinated. In the exercise, children with brown eyes were treated less favorably than children with blue or green eyes in order to portray the effects of discrimination.

“Ms. Elliott brings the hard truth to matters in order to ignite substantive change,” said Melany Pearl, program adviser to MSC WBAC

Elliott still holds the exercise and gives lectures about its effects across the U.S. and around the world.

“Jane Elliott’s presence will be great for the Texas A&M community, especially because of how the campus and world climate have been since this past summer,” said Tiara Kinnebrew ’21, sociology major and Special Projects Director for MSC WBAC.

The program will be livestreamed via the MSC WBAC Facebook and Instagram Live beginning at 9 a.m.