Duke University is hosting several MLK Day Celebrations and Commemorations in 2020. All of these are free and open to the public. Check back soon for more, and scroll down for a list of Martin Luther King Day events across the Triangle.
Sunday, January 19th, 2020
Duke University Chapel
401 Chapel Drive, Durham
Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the 2018 Democratic Florida gubernatorial nominee, will deliver the keynote address for Duke University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration on Sunday, Jan. 19.
Gillum, the first African-American nominee for governor in Florida’s history, will speak on “the power of the people.” In March, Gillum launched the voter outreach organization Bring It Home Florida and vowed to register one million new voters in Florida before the 2020 presidential election. Gillum, who lost last year’s gubernatorial race to Gov. Ron DeSantis by less than a half a point, is now a CNN contributor.
Gillum has called Florida a “one percent state,” noting that the last three presidential races were decided by just one percent of the vote. Gillum joins Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost the 2018 gubernatorial election in Georgia, in fighting for voting rights.
The public is invited to the annual program, which will link King’s civil rights legacy to the continuing struggle for equity and justice in all facets of our society. The commemoration event starts at 3 p.m. in Duke University Chapel, and free parking is available in the Bryan Center Parking Garage (see map at http://myatlascms.com/map/?id=21&mrkIid=39570).
Reflections by Dikgang Moseneke
Tuesday, January 21st, 2020
5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Sanford School of Public Policy
Fleishman Commons, 201 Science Drive, Durham
Students, faculty and the public are invited to a program with Dikgang Moseneke, former deputy chief justice of South Africa and a Rubenstein Fellow at Duke during the spring semester of 2020. Moseneke, the author of the memoir, “My Own Liberator,” will reflect on some of his life experiences through an oral history interview conducted by Catherine Admay, a lecturer in the Sanford School, and professor Karin Shapiro of Duke’s African and African American Studies Department. A reception and book signing will follow. The event will be livestreamed to the Sanford School’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
More MLK events around the Triangle: