Professionals of Color Lecture Series Presents Billy Mills: Global Unity - LIB 100/201 Approved!
Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills
Date and Time:
Monday, November 12, 2012
4:00 PM -
Cook-DeWitt Center » CDC AUDITORIUM
Billy Mills is the only American to ever win the Olympic gold medal in the 10,000-meter run. A Lakota Sioux raised in one of the poorest communities in America, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Mills was orphaned as a young boy, facing prejudice and cultural discrimination most of his childhood life. It was through a running scholarship to the University of Kansas that he was able to leave the reservation.
During his presentation, Billy will share what remains constant in our changing world. How we address this consistency is our key to global unity, through the dignity, character and beauty of global diversity. Billy takes his audience on a compassionate and powerful journey, weaving stories of his young life as an orphaned Native American child living in poverty while encountering the ignorance of racism. We leave knowing it was the daily choices he made in life, not just the talent he possessed, that choreographed his quest for Olympic glory.