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  1. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Observance - University Symposia - No Regular Classes »

    January 15, 2018

  2. The 32nd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium Memorial Keynote Lecture »

    January 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

    Keynote: Hill Harper

    Award-winning actor, best-selling author and philanthropist Hill Harper will deliver the keynote address for the 2018 MLK Symposium Lecture. There will be a special guest performance by Aisha Fukushima, singer, public speaker, educator and founder of RAPtivism, a hip-hop centric project that focuses on global efforts for freedom and justice. The event is sponsored by The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan with support from the William K. McInally Memorial Lecture Fund, and the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives, a unit under the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. For more information about the 2018 MLK Symposium, visit

  3. 28th Annual MLK Health Sciences Lecture: "The Fierce Urgency of Now- Moving Past Indecision to Action in Health Care Equity" »

    January 15, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    The 28th Annual MLK Health Sciences Lecture is hosting Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH as the keynote speaker. He will deliver a lecture called "The Fierce Urgency of Now- Moving Past Indecision to Action in Health Care Equity." 

    Dr. Troutman has an accomplished career in public health and leadership, as well as numerous achievements which include establishing policies and initiatives for better health and health equity. He is featured in the nationally televised PBS series, "Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?" In addition, Dr. Troutman was involved in the civil rights movement as a young individual and attributes his leadership role to the experience of defending his own individual human rights. To this day, Dr. Troutman uses his influence as a physician to improve the health of underserved populations. 

    To livestream the lecture, please visit

    A reception with light refreshments will immediately follow the program. 

    Please note that shuttle service will be provided from Hill Auditorium to the Towsley Center at approximately 11:30 AM and 11:50 AM. The Towsley Center is also located along the route of the North Commuter bus. 

  4. MLK Symposium Event: Innovative Programs for Youth and Young Adults »

    January 15, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm

    In celebration of Martin Luther King Day, the Ford School will host a panel discussion of the importance of investments in youth and young adults, with participation from national and university experts. Broderick Johnson, former Obama Administration Cabinet Secretary, will speak of his work mentoring young men of color to help them reach their full potential through the White House's My Brothers Keeper Task Force. Luke Shaefer, Director of Poverty Solutions, will discuss a summer employment program for marginalized youth launched in summer 2017. Brian Jacob, Co-Director of the Youth Policy Lab, will speak about the Grow Detroit's Young Talent program which launched in early 2017.


    Broderick Johnson, former Obama Administration Cabinet Secretary, and Chair of the My Brother's Keeper Task Force

    Brian Jacob, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Education Policy; Professor of Public Policy; Professor of Economics; Professor of Education at the University of Michigan

    Luke Shaefer, Associate Professor and Director, Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan

    Free and open to the public. Lunch will be served, starting at 11:45 a.m. This event will start promptly at 12:00 pm.

  5. 1968 + 50: Unfinished Legacies of Dr. King’s Last Year Department of History / Eisenberg Institute Martin Luther King Jr. Day Symposium »

    January 15, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    On April 4, 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the speech "Beyond Vietnam-A Time to Break Silence." Exactly one year later, he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, where he had been supporting striking sanitation workers. The last year of King's life marked a distinctive period in his career as he allied himself with a broad array of initiatives linking civil rights with antiwar, labor, and antipoverty campaigns. This panel will consider the legacy of that year, stretching from the social justice movements of the late 1960s to causes today such as Black Lives Matter, immigrant rights, and attempts to reverse the growing gap of socioeconomic inequality.


    Ruth Feldstein, Rutgers University-Newark

    Monica Muñoz Martinez, Brown University

    Brenda Tindal, Detroit Historical Society

    Ruth Feldstein is professor of history and American studies at Rutgers University-Newark. She is the author of several books and articles, most recently the award-winning book, How It Feels To Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement; she is also associate producer of How It Feels to Be Free, a forthcoming documentary based on this book. Feldstein's scholarship explores relationships between race and gender relations, and between performance and politics; she works to tell the stories of women whose voices have not been heard, and who are seldom taken seriously as thinkers and activists.

    Monica Muñoz Martinez, Carnegie Fellow 2017-2019, received her PhD in American studies from Yale University. At Brown University she offers courses in Latinx studies, immigration, histories of violence, histories of policing, and public memory in US History. Her research has been funded by the Mellon Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, the Brown University Office of Vice President of Research, and the Texas State Historical Association. Her first manuscript, The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in the Texas Borderlands, is under contract with Harvard University Press. She is a faculty fellow at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. Martinez is the primary investigator for Mapping Violence, a digital project that documents histories of racial violence in Texas.

    Public historian, archivist, curator, and educator Brenda Tindal joined the Detroit Historical Society as director of education in December 2017. She is the former staff historian and senior vice president of research and collections at Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte, NC. In 2005, she was part of the curatorial team that developed Courage: The Carolina Story that Changed America, an exhibit on the region's role in the landmark school desegregation case, Brown v. Board of Education (1954), which won the National Award for Museum Service-the nation's highest honor awarded to museums and libraries. Tindal recently co-curated the museum's K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace-a rapid-response exhibit that explores the historical roots of the distrust between police and community, tells the human stories beyond the headlines, and engages viewers in creating constructive solutions. Before joining the Levine Museum of the New South in 2015 as staff historian, Tindal was a visiting lecturer in the Department of History and Honors College at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, where she taught a broad range of courses in comparative U.S. and South African history, southern history, African American history, and visual and material culture. A sought after social commentator, convener, and speaker, Tindal has been featured on C-SPAN, the Knight Foundation's Media Learning Seminar, Happenings Magazine, NPR, Pride Magazine, NBC-Today, The Charlotte Observer, and many other local and national news and media outlets.

    Free and open to the public.

    This event made possible by the Kalt Fund for African American and African History, along with the Department of History and the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

  6. Athletic Department MLK Town Hall »

    January 15, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Dean Lynn Videka and Associate Professor Robert Ortega are panelists at the athletic department MLK Town Hall. Sociologist and civil rights activist, Dr. Harry Edwards is the keynote speaker. Edwards has a long and storied history of activism focused upon developments at the interface of sport, race, and society. He may be best known as the architect of the Black Power Salute protest by athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.

    This town hall and panel discussion will focus on tangible ways in which we can move from protests to progress and how athletes can best use their platforms to help shape change.

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