2020 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium


Political activist Angela Davis to keynote MLK Symposium

Activist, educator and author Angela Davis will deliver the 34th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium keynote memorial lecture. Davis’ talk will take place at 10 a.m. Jan. 20 in Hill Auditorium. Davis, 75, became a nationally recognized activist in the 1960s as a leader of the Communist Party with close relations to the Black Panther Party.

Detroit Center’s MLK Day events to focus on immigration issues

The Detroit Center will explore today’s events in the historical perspective of U.S. immigration policy, with local expertise to engage with the university and Detroit communities on the topic of immigration. After the keynote is streamed, participants are invited to a moderated panel discussion, “Whose Huddled Masses?” to discuss the past, present and future of immigration in America.

Lecture to consider challenges faced by black, deaf people

Researcher Joseph C. Hill will explore how black deaf people can face double discrimination and share his own experiences in “Black, Deaf, and Disabled: Navigating the Institutional, Ideological, and Linguistic Barriers with Intersectional Identities in the United States.” The lecture will begin at 4 p.m. Jan. 17 in Room 4448 of East Hall.

Ford School to host former U.N. representative Susan Rice

Susan E. Rice, former national security adviser and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will discuss her distinguished career and best-selling memoir, “Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For” during a talk with Michael Barr, dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 20 in Annenberg Auditorium at Weill Hall.

Public Health alumna to deliver health sciences lecture

A renowned expert in the field of health equity and an alumna of the School of Public Health, Jalonne L. White-Newsome will deliver the 30th annual Health Sciences 2020 MLK Lecture. White-Newsome will speak on climate change, health and racial equity at 1 p.m. Jan. 20 in Dow Auditorium at U-M Hospital’s Towsley Center for Continuing Medical Education.

Talk to explore MLK’s teachings on dangers of war and militarism

Veterans for Peace and the U-M Office of Veteran and Military Services will host a discussion on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s thoughts and teachings about the dangers of war and militarism. The local chapter of Veterans for Peace will present a talk titled “What They Did Not Want Martin Talking About” at 2 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Wolverine Room of the Michigan League.

Brown Henderson to explore landmark school desegregation case

Cheryl Brown Henderson, education and civil rights advocate, will discuss her personal experience with segregated schools and the story of how Brown v. Board of Education came to be. Brown Henderson, the daughter of the late Rev. Oliver L. Brown, will deliver her talk at 2 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Rogel Ballroom in the Michigan Union.

ISR panelists to discuss King’s impact on their research

The event, “MLK’s Legacy for Social and Behavioral Science Research: Perspectives from New Scholars,” will begin at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 20 in Room 1430 at the Institute for Social Research. A reception will follow at 4 p.m. in the institute’s atrium.

Historian to discuss MLK and the crisis of racial capitalism

In a lecture hosted by LSA’s Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Barbara Ransby, historian, writer and longtime political activist, will focus on King’s fight on behalf of poor people and low-income workers, and the challenges of that work today. The lecture will take place at 4 p.m. Jan. 21 in Tisch Hall.

Muhammad to deliver Donia Human Rights Center lecture

Award-winning professor, author and scholar Khalil Gibran Muhammad will reveal how the idea of black criminality was crucial to the making of modern urban America, during the Donia Human Rights Center’s annual MLK lecture. It also will explore African Americans’ own ideas about race and crime, will be delivered at 4 p.m. Jan. 22 at Weiser Hall, Room 1010.

Medical professor to discuss diversity in dermatology

Nada Elbuluk, dermatologist and University of Southern California assistant professor of dermatology, will discuss the history of diversity of dermatology and the current national landscape. Elbuluk’s discussion will begin at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 23 in the Taubman Center Dermatology conference room.

Artist to discuss his works inspired by the public square

Artist Cullen Washington Jr.’s most recent collection of abstract paintings was inspired by the “agora,” or the public gathering spaces in ancient Greece that gave birth to democracy. He will discuss his work and how it links to human interconnectivity during the “Artist Talk with Cullen Washington, Jr.: Abstract Meditations on the Grid and Humanity,” at 5:10 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Michigan Theater.

Student-led teach-in will explore issues of racism, oppression

The Anti-Racism Teach-In, organized by the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs, will take place at 1 p.m. Jan. 25 in Room 3000 of the Michigan Union. During the 90-minute interactive workshop, participants will reflect on historical and contemporary events and explore their impact on society using a “Four I’s of Oppression” exercise.


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