Duke University is hosting several MLK Day Celebrations and Commemorations in 2019. All of these are free and open to the public.
Sunday, January 20th, 2019
Duke University Chapel
401 Chapel Drive, Durham
The public is invited to the 2019 MLK Commemoration at Duke University.
The theme is “Why Words Matter: From Dissent to Dialogue.”
Tarana Burke, an African-American civil rights activist and “me too.” movement founder, will deliver the keynote address for Duke University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration on Sunday, Jan. 20.
Burke, the senior director at Girls for Gender Equity, coined the phrase “me too.” in 2006 to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and assault in society. It grew into a broader movement following the 2017 use of #MeToo as a hashtag after the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations.
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).
TIME Magazine named Burke, among a group of other prominent activists dubbed “the silence breakers,” as the Time Person of the Year for 2017.
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Duke Clinical Research Institute
200 Morris Street, Durham
Keynote speaker: Pierce Freelon, professor, director, musician, Emmy-Award winning producer, and former candidate for mayor of Durham
Keynote address title: “Kings and Queens of the Movement”
Musical Performance by: DeVone Young – performing Mahalia Jackson’s “How I Got Over”
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Bryan Center Reynolds Industries Theater
125 Science Drive, Durham
Free, but tickets are required. They will be made available January 8, 11 a.m., and there’s a limit of 4 per person.
Writer and civil rights activist Shaun King will deliver a talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the Bryan Center’s Reynolds Theater. King is noted for his use of social media to promote social causes, including the Black Lives Matter movement, and is a columnist for The Intercept. Previously, he was a contributing writer for Daily Kos and a political commentator for The Young Turks. In February 2018 he co-founded the Real Justice PAC, which supports progressive candidates running for district attorney offices. This event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the Bryan Center Parking Garage. At the end of the presentation, you will receive a ticket to exit the deck.
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