Morehead State University’s Office of Student Activities, Inclusion, and Leadership will present Olympic Gold Medalist, former U.S. Marine officer, and Native American activist Billy Mills on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in 111 Claypool-Young Art Building.
Mills is the first and only American to have won an Olympic Gold medal for the United States in the 10,000 meter race at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. His win is still considered one of the greatest upsets in Olympic history.
Nowadays, Mills is a humanitarian and co-founder/spokesman for Running Strong of American Indian Youth. His efforts have helped raise more than 500 million dollars in cash and in-kind gifts for different charities helping the Native American community.
He has received five honorary doctorates, and is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Citation, the highest honor that the University of Kansas Alumni Association can bestow upon an individual to acknowledge outstanding achievement for the betterment of mankind.
Mill’s life was the inspiration for the movie Running Brave; starring Robby Benson; which shows his struggles as a Native American athlete. A screening of the film will be Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. in the lobby of Adron Doran University Center.
The events are free and open to the public.
Additional information is available by contacting Ricardo Nazario-Colon, director of Student Activities, Inclusion and Leadership Development, at 606-783-2071.