Marquette Professor Honored
in New Smithsonian Museum
August 23, 2004
MILWAUKEE – A local Marquette professor is among national and
international heroes being honored in a new Smithsonian museum
that will be dedicated in Cincinnati, Ohio today, Monday, August
23, 2004. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is
a living and learning center offering lessons and reflections
on the ongoing struggle for freedom.
Dr. Judy Mayotte, a professor in Marquette's Theology Department,
will be honored in the Museum's “Hall of Everyday Freedom Heroes.”
This permanent exhibit will pay tribute to 100 people who have
dedicated their lives to furthering the cause of freedom locally,
nationally and around the world. Dr. Mayotte will be honored among
luminaries including Nelson Mandela, Muhammad Ali, Senator John
McCain, Jackie Robinson, Todd Beamer, Ryan White, and Martin Luther
Dr. Mayotte's life story is truly inspiring. As the Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel described her in 2002, “Judith Mayotte
has been a sorority girl, a polio victim, a nun (twice), a wife,
a widow, an amputee, a crusader.” For the past 3 decades she had
dedicated her life to working with refugees in war torn nations,
even at great personal cost. She lost her leg in 1993 while working
in the Sudan when a 200 lb. bag of grain feel from a helicopter
onto her leg during a food drop. Rather than sitting on the sidelines,
she accepted an appointment from the Clinton Administration to
serve as an advisor on refugee policy.
Dr. Mayotte continues her work to transform nations and dig deeper
into the issues of peace and justice while establishing Marquette
University's International Service Learning Institute in Cape
Town, South Africa.
The dedication festivities for the National Underground Railroad
Freedom Center will begin with a live broadcast from the Freedom
Center grounds by the CBS Early Show. Other special broadcasts
and tapings that day will include the NBA, Good Morning America,
MTV, C-Span, and WCPO (Cincinnati). The formal program will be
emceed by Angela Bassett and will feature special appearances
by Sean P. Combs, Bono, and others.
For more information on the museum or its dedication, please
. For additional assistance contacting Dr. Judy Mayotte or
details on press coverage of Monday's event, please contact Brigid
O'Brien in the Office of Public Affairs at 414-288-7445.