Commemoration

2023 University MLK Commemoration feat. Martin Luther King III

 ”Sanctuary in the Storm: Healing in Action

MLK Jr Keynote Speaker Marth Luther King the Third

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 | 5:30pm to 7:30pm (Doors open at 5:15 p.m.)

Please note, this in-person event has reached capacity. We encourage you to join us and watch our livestream on Yale’s Youtube Channel.

v=sGN5tOLEkp0The Yale University and Greater New Haven communities are invited to attend this year’s MLK Commemoration that honors the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We are pleased to announce that Martin Luther King III will serve as this year’s keynote speaker.

Our speaker will also be in conversation with Professor James Forman, Jr., J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law, at Yale Law School.

Martin Luther King III
Civil Rights Activist and Global Humanitarian

As the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III serves as an ambassador of his parents’ legacies of nonviolent social change.

A graduate of his father’s alma mater, Morehouse College, Mr. King has devoted his life to working in the non-profit sector to promote civil rights and global human rights and to eradicate the “triple evils” of racism, militarism, and poverty his father identified as the scourges of humankind. As a high school student, he served as a Page to Senator Edward Kennedy, and he continued his public service, supporting social change movements through his speaking engagements, appearances, and writing. He was later elected as a member of the Fulton County, FA Board of commissioners, representing over 700,000 residents.

As the elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the organization co-founded by his father, Mr. King reinvigorated SCLC by stabilizing the governance, program, and development components. As founder and president of Realizing the Dream, Inc., he took his father’s message to a global audience, spearheading nonviolence training in Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, Israel, Palestine, Kenya, Sri Lanka, and the United States.

A former President and CEO of the Atlanta-based King Center, Mr. King remains a member of its Board of Directors. Additionally, he serves as a board member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; the Drum Major Institute, a New York-based think tank; and the Metropolitan West Management Asset Corporation.

Mr. King has also served as an election monitor and observer in South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya. In addition, Mr. King has conducted nearly forty Poverty Study Tours in a groundbreaking initiative, which has sparked public debate and law enforcement advocacy on the issue of poverty.

In conjunction with Ambassador Andrew Young and other partners, Mr. King co-founded Bounce TV, the first independently owned and operated TV network featuring African Americans. The network’s content includes movies, sports, documentaries, and original programming.

The recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, Mr. King is married to Arndrea Waters King and the father of a daughter, Yolanda Renee, named in honor of his late sister Yolanda Denise King.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required to attend the in-person event.