Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture Series

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2018 Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial LectureJeff Johnson
7 pm, February 27, 2018


Jeff Johnson

The award-winning journalist and communications specialist
is currently Managing Principal for the Baltimore based
strategy firm JIJ Communications, where he provides strategic
insight and messaging consulting to clients in the private,
public, and entertainment sectors.



The purpose of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture is to bring a scholarly examination of some aspect of the African American experience to Brockport and the surrounding community. Typically, the subject relates to King’s vision of the "beloved community,” in which all persons must be able to live harmoniously, brotherly, and sisterly. In our contemporary global village, this concept of the beloved community must necessarily be extended to include cultural, psycho-social, and intellectual diversities.

To this effect, the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture series has invited to the Brockport campus activists, academicians, public and private intellectuals to critically examine the meanings of the beloved community from their own eclectic backgrounds and proclivities.

Past Speakers

Angela Davis
Distinguished Professor Emerita, University of California - Santa Cruz
Author, Educator & Activist

Dr. Arlette Miller Smith
Founding Dean, Office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs, St. John Fisher College

Mayor Lovely A. Warren
Rochester's first female mayor, second African-American mayor, and its youngest mayor in modern times

Nikki Giovanni
Poet, writer, commentator, activist and educator

Watch the Nikki Giovanni MLK Lecture

Rev Dr. Marvin McMickle
President, Distinguished Pastor, Professor Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

Watch the Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle MLK Lecture

Rev. Dr. James L. Netter
Ministerial trailblazer, civil rights leader, civic and community leader

Watch the Rev. Dr. James L. Netter MLK Lecture

Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. 
William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies, Department of Religion and Chair, Center for African American Studies

Watch the Dr.Eddie S. Glaude MLK Lecture

Dr. Maulana Karenga 
Professor of African Studies at California State University, LongBeach

Joe Rogers
The second black Lieutenant Governor of Colorado (1999-2003); and Founder of The Dream Alive Program, a dedication to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr.

Dr. Judy Scales-Trent
Professor of Law, The State University of New York at Buffalo

Ilyasah Shabazz
Daughter of the Pan-Africanist Malcolm X, founder of the OAAU (Organization of Afro-American Unity)

Dr. Horace Campbell
Professor, African American Studies and Political Science at Syracuse University

Maya Angelou
Autobiographer and poet

Randall Robinson
Author of The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks

Coretta Scott King
Widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., founder of the MLK, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University; author and radio show host

Eugene Robinson
Columnist and Associate Editor at The Washington Post, and author of Coal to Cream: A Black Man’s Journey to an Affirmation of Race (1999)

Dr. C. Aisha Blackshine-Belay
Professor and Chairperson, African and African-American Studies Department, Indiana University

Dr. James Turner
Professor, Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University

Dr. Micere M. Githae Mugo
Professor, African American Studies, Syracuse University

Councilman Michael Julian Bond
City Council, Atlanta, GA

Dr. George B.N. Ayittey
Professor of Economics, the American University, Washington, DC

Dr. Orlando Patterson
Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

Professor Elliot Skinner
Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University

bell hooks
Author and feminist, English Department at Berlin College, OH

Hon. Constance Baker Motley
United States District Judge, United States District Court, Southern District of New York

Dr. Frank G. Pogue
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Special Programs, State University of New York

Dr. James Comer
Professor, Child Psychiatry, Yale University

Dr. Bernard Gifford
Dean, School of Education, University of California at Berkeley

Dr. James Evans
Professor, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

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