Commemoration

“People Get Ready!”

Thursday, January 16, 2020 & Thursday, January 23, 2020
5:30–7:30 pm
OC Marsh Lecture Hall, New Yale Science Building
260 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT 06511

 

The University and Greater New Haven communities are invited to attend this year’s two-part MLK Commemoration that honors the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We are pleased to announce that Angela Davis and Nikki Giovanni will serve as this year’s keynote speakers.

These events are free and open to the public, but due to limited seating, attendees will need to get a ticket via Eventbrite and present a separate ticket for each event. Information on both events can be found below.

Doors open at 5:30pm for each event. Please note that seating is first come, first served. Location is wheelchair accessible.

January 16 at 5:30pm: “People Get Ready!” feat. Angela Davis
Ticket info: https://yalemlk2020-angeladavis.eventbrite.com

Speaker info: A celebrated activist, educator, and author, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world through her activism and scholarship over many decades. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice. Over her illustrious teaching career, Professor Davis has taught at a range of schools, including San Francisco State University, Mills College, UC Berkeley and Stanford University. Most recently, she spent fifteen years at the University of California Santa Cruz where she is now Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness – an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program – and of Feminist Studies. The Eventbrite link for the Jan. 16 event feat. Angela Davis can be found here: https://yalemlk2020-angeladavis.eventbrite.com.  

January 23 at 5:30p: “Faith in the People” feat. Nikki Giovanni
Ticket info: https://yalemlk2020-nikkigiovanni.eventbrite.com

Speaker info: Nikki Giovanni is a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Over the past 30 years, her outspokenness in her writing and in lectures has garnered attention from around the globe. One of the most widely read American poets, she prides herself on being “a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English.” Determined and committed to the fight for civil rights and equality, Giovanni remains a strong voice of the Black community and dedicated to presenting the truth as she sees it. Her focus is on the individual, specifically, on the power one has to make a difference in oneself, and thus, in the lives of others. 

Over her illustrious career, Giovanni has penned more than 30 books for both adults and children, and she has earned numerous honors and awards for her work. The recipient of some 25 honorary degrees, she has been named Woman of the Year by Mademoiselle MagazineLadies Home Journal, and Ebony Magazine. She was the first recipient of the Rosa L. Parks Woman of Courage Award, and she has also been awarded the Langston Hughes Medal for poetry. Note: The Eventbrite link for the Jan. 23 event feat. Nikki Giovanni can be found here: https://yalemlk2020-nikkigiovanni.eventbrite.com.

MLK 2020 Commemoration Sponsors: Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale, Yale College Dean’s Office, Department of African American Studies, Office of the Secretary & Vice President for Student Life, Benjamin Franklin College, Berkeley College, Branford College, Davenport College, Ezra Stiles College, Grace Hopper College, Jonathan Edwards College, Morse College, Pauli Murray College, Pierson College, Saybrook College, Silliman College, Timothy Dwight College, and Trumbull College.