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Gospel singer, author, entrepreneur/motivator Kirk Franklin will speak about “Personal Accountability: Challenging the Global Community” and also will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in Butler University’s Clowes Memorial Hall as part of the spring 2012 Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series.

Admission is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. They are available at the Clowes Hall box office, (317) 940-6444, and through Ticketmaster, beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27. (Fees apply for phone and online orders through Ticketmaster).

Franklin will be followed in the series by actress/social activist America Ferrera (March 20) and newsman Dan Rather (April 23). Both will speak in Clowes Hall.

Free tickets for these events will be available at the box office and through Ticketmaster beginning at 10 a.m. Feb. 10 for Ferrera and 10 a.m. March 9 for Rather.

There is a limit of two tickets per person. For more information, call (317) 940-6444.

The Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series is a Collaborative Diversity Initiative between Butler University and the Office of the Mayor of Indianapolis, with generous support from the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Citizens Energy Group, Indianapolis Power & Light Co., Old National Bank, Radio One and Kroger Inc. While in Indianapolis, Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series speakers stay at The Columbia Club.

More information about each event follows.

Kirk Franklin: “Personal Accountability: Challenging the Global Community”

7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10

Five-time Grammy winner Kirk Franklin made it cool to be Christian, placing godly messages in the same heavy rotation as other urban pop music. Over the last 14 years, with hits such as “Stomp,” “Whatcha Lookin’ For,” “Looking for You,” “Revolution” and “Lean on Me,” he ascended to the upper echelons of gospel and pop.

Beyond the music, he’s a highly exalted example of a man who achieved success without selling his soul or his integrity. His message now inhabits movies, television, and his latest book, BluePrint, an exploration of the benefits of creating an action plan for your life and overcoming obstacles.

Franklin’s enterprises include a full-service youth outreach initiative, an advertising agency, and a production company. In a joint venture with Zomba Label Group, Franklin established his own Fo Yo Soul Entertainment Company. His latest album, The Fight of My Life is the second album Fo Yo Soul.

 “An Evening with America Ferrera”

Emmy-winning actress and activist

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20