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~Athlete and Activist Dominique Dawes to Speak at Wellesley College~

For immediate release:
Feb. 7, 2003

Arlie Corday,

WELLESLEY, Mass. - Dominique Dawes, best known for her phenomenal athletic career as a gymnast, will be the featured speaker at Wellesley College's 2003 Quintessence Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture. The lecture, "The Art of Self-Love: Empowerment through Strength, Service and Sisterhood," will take place Thursday, Feb. 13, at 6 pm in Alumnae Hall and is part of Wellesley's celebration of Black History Month. The event is free and open to the public.

Dawes, who has also made her mark as an actress, scholar and activist, gained the title "Awesome Dawesome" by winning more National Championship medals than any other athlete, including the 1994 All-Around Title. Among her other athletic honors are Olympic gold as part of the 1996 Magnificent Seven and an individual bronze on floor exercise, making her the first African-American gymnast to win an individual medal in the Olympics.

Dawes was featured in the hit Broadway musical, Grease, and received a degree in communications from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has been involved in television broadcasting with CBS, CNN and TNT networks. A dedicated advocate of women's health issues, she served for six years as national spokesperson for the Clinton Administration's "Girl Power" program. She continues to speak about the dangers of drugs and the importance of positive body image. Her lecture is sponsored by Ethos, Harambee House and other departments. For more information, call 781-283-2134.

Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in liberal arts and the education of women for more than 125 years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students.


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