Civil rights activist at ISU's MLK dinner

By WEEK Producer

January 24, 2014 Updated Jan 25, 2014 at 12:13 AM CDT

NORMAL, Ill. -- A well known civil rights activist made her way to central Illinois in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Lani Guinier was the featured speaker at Illinois State University's Martin Luther King Junior dinner.

Guinier is best known for being the first African-American woman to earn tenure at Harvard law school.

But she has also worked as a lawyer, scholar, and civil rights activist.

At Friday night's dinner she highlight Dr. King's leadership style.

"We shall overcome, he had taken the language from the civil rights movement and he had made it his own. that's another example that i am calling leading from behind," said speaker Lani Guinier.

Guinier is currently working on a study of race and voting in the south.