ACU honours Indigenous performer

After a career spanning more than 50 years, the Australian Catholic University has awarded acclaimed Indigenous performer Jimmy Little an honorary doctorate.

An ACU National statement says that the University will give Mr Little its highest honour, Doctor of the University (Honoris Causa), at the first of its 2007 Brisbane graduation ceremonies today.

More than 600 students from ACU National's Brisbane Campus, McAuley at Banyo, will graduate in two ceremonies at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, with Mr Little performing two songs as part of his occasional address to graduates at the morning ceremony.

ACU National Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Sheehan said Mr Little had achieved "legendary status" within the Australian community for his work on and off the stage.

"James Oswald Little's musical career spans more than 50 years and has seen him inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame, achieve Gold record sales, headline at the Sydney Opera House and perform at the invitation of the late Pope John Paul II and Queen Mother, among numerous other achievements," Professor Sheehan said.

"Importantly, Jimmy has used his fame as a platform to selflessly champion improved health and education outcomes for Indigenous people.

"His teaching and mentoring work at the Eora Aboriginal Education Centre at Redfern, his ambassadorial roles with the Fred Hollows Foundation and Kidney Health Australia, and his stewardship of the Jimmy Little Foundation - which promotes better health in remote Indigenous communities - have earned him many accolades, including an Order of Australia Medal in 2003."

Also receiving an Honorary Doctorate tomorrow is former Queensland Parliamentarian Terry Sullivan, who will be honoured for his service to the people of Queensland and his commitment to social justice causes.

Mr Sullivan will receive his award and give the occasional address at the evening graduation ceremony.

ACU National graduation to honour Jimmy Little (ACU Media Releases, 10/4/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
ACU National
Jimmy Little Website
Queensland Parliament

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11 Apr 2007