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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As you saw FIRST ON 3 last night, basketball great Earvin “Magic” Johnson will be the first speaker at UNCW’s new Wilma Daniels Distinguished Lecture Promoting Diversity & Tolerance.

A gift from Daniels, a member of the UNCW Board of Trustees, will fund Johnson’s appearance at Trask Coliseum Oct. 11. The public is invited to attend this free event, but tickets will be required.

Johnson, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, who is also part owner of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers, as well as a chain of movie theaters, will focus his talk on building a successful life, overcoming challenges and achieving personal goals. UNCW is working with local schools and youth groups to bring in several hundred middle school students to hear Johnson’s message.

“UNCW has excellent initiatives related to diversity and tolerance, which this new lecture will build upon and strengthen,” Daniels said during a news conference announcing the donation. “I wanted to work with the university to bring someone to campus to inspire young people, and to forge deeper relationships between the local African-American community and the campus.”

The Daniels Lecture will be part of a week-long celebration of diversity, including numerous cultural and educational events. A full event schedule will be made available in September.

Tickets to Johnson’s lecture will be available starting Sept. 24 from the UNCW Athletics Ticket Office located in Trask Coliseum.

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