Notre Dame official to speak during La Porte MLK online event


Karrah A. Herring, director of Public Affairs for the University of Notre Dame, will be the keynote speaker on the topic of “Reaching Across Lines of Difference to Work Collaboratively and Make a Difference” for the commemoration of Martin Luther King., Jr., Day. The online event, sponsored by the Rotary Club of La Porte, will take place Monday, Jan. 18, at noon and is open to the public.

Karrah Herring

Herring was named director of Public Affairs at Notre Dame in March 2018. Prior to her current role, she served on Notre Dame’s Human Resources Senior Leadership Team as director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX Coordinator from 2014 until 2018. In that role, Herring provided oversight and support of the university’s efforts to comply with all applicable federal and state civil rights laws related to policies prohibiting discrimination, harassment and retaliation. She completed her undergraduate work in communications at Purdue University and earned her Juris Doctor Degree from Valparaiso University.  

Martin Luther King, Jr., was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.  

Advance registration is required, but there is no admission charge. Those interested are encouraged to go to and click on the Rotary event graphic located on the homepage. Assistance is available by email to A confirmation and calendar invite with the ZOOM link will be provided to registrants.

One Response to “Notre Dame official to speak during La Porte MLK online event”

  1. Imagine

    Jan 08. 2021

    I can only imagine how different things would be if MLK Jr hadn’t been killed. He would of changed so much.

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