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Queens College Annual MLK Day Celebration
January 17, at 3:00 pmFree
THE TIME IS NOW: FORWARD!
Queens College will honor and pay tribute to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a virtual celebration of his powerful legacy and connection to today’s student activism and engagement. The free event will evoke King’s 1965 appearance at the College, where he emphasized the power of peaceful resistance in his address to students, with today’s Queens College students quoting passages from his speech. Music, dance, and spoken word performances are also planned, as well as a special video presentation highlighting the college’s history of activism. In addition, a panel of distinguished educators will discuss King’s enduring legacy in a post-event Zoom discussion moderated by President Wu.
- Queens College President Frank H. Wu and Queens College Student Association President Zaire Couloute will serve as event cohosts.
- Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, the first African American male to be elected to the office, will offer welcoming remarks.
- Queens College Professor Antonio Hart, who directs the Jazz Studies program in the college’s Aaron Copland School of Music, will perform on saxophone.
- Vocalist Alita Moses will perform an original musical selection she composed for the event.
- Queens College alum Alisha Anderson and current student Kayra Theodore will present dance and spoken word performances, respectively.
- Post-program discussion and Q&A moderated by President Frank H. Wu and featuring distinguished Queens College educators.