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
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.