Dr. John H. McClendon III from Michigan State University will be the keynote speaker for the Martin Luther King Jr./Gunnar Myrdal Lecture Series at the 11th annual African American Intellectual Thought Symposium from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20, in the Alice Peters Auditorium (Peters Business building, Room 192). McClendon, whose topic is “The Capitalist State and the Political Economy of Democracy,” is a philosophy professor at Michigan State where he also served as chairman of Africana Studies. He has published books on African philosophy, the philosophy of sports and the philosophy of religion in African American communities. Dr. De Anna Reese, Africana Studies Program coordinator, will provide the welcome and Fresno State political science professors Dr. Jeff Cummins and Dr. Lisa Bryant will offer perspectives. Keith Parker, UCLA assistant vice chancellor, will deliver closing comments. The free, public symposium is sponsored by the Africana Studies Program and funded by the College of Social Sciences at Fresno State and the Associated Students, Inc. Instructional Related Activities Fund. Campus parking is $3 for a day permit: bit.ly/FS-ParkingInfo. INFO: Reese at 559.278.2832 or email@example.com.