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Activist, Actor Returns to Alma Mater to Keynote at Unity Banquet

Activist, Actor Returns to Alma Mater to Keynote at Unity Banquet


Duquesne University graduate Lamman Rucker, an activist, actor and educator, will return to campus to serve as keynote speaker for the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ eighth annual Unity Banquet and Scholarship Benefit on Thursday, March 20, in the Power Center Ballroom. The event begins with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m.


The Unity Banquet and Scholarship Benefit recognizes Duquesne University students who are committed to academic excellence, diversity and inclusion. 


“It’s very meaningful to be invited back to my alma mater and be a part of something positive that is designed to unify and uplift the campus and greater Pittsburgh community,” said Rucker. “To support Dr. Rahmon Hart, Dr. Judith Griggs and the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Duquesne is awesome as well, since that department has always been a vital and unifying force for meeting student needs and impacting their academic excellence and cultural development."


Rucker, a Pittsburgh native, is best known for his roles on the hit sitcom Meet the Browns and the Tyler Perry productions of Why Did I Get Married? and Why Did I Get Married Too? He also has appeared on the daytime dramas As the World Turns and All My Children.


In addition, Rucker is a passionate activist and spokesman for several non-profit organizations and engages in numerous community service initiatives.


“Lamman is extremely committed to addressing a variety of social ills that plague underserved communities and groups of people,” said Dr. Rahmon Hart, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. “I think it is critical for our campus community to recognize the many giants who have been educated on the Bluff. Lamman is someone of whom we should all be proud—the way he is using his gifts to impact change is truly inspirational.”


This will be Rucker’s first time back on campus since graduating in 2000 with a master’s degree in education and curriculum development.


Cost to attend the Unity Banquet is $50. Advance registration is required. Proceeds will help provide scholarship funds to Duquesne University students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.duq.edu/unity. For more information, call the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 412.396.1117.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.