Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture Series

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2018 Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial LectureDr. Marc Lamont Hill
7 pm, April 2, 2018

The lecture will be livestreamed to the MetroCenter and will be accessible to all faculty, staff and students on The College at Brockport website

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is currently the host of BET News and a political contributor for CNN. An award-winning journalist, Dr. Hill has received numerous prestigious awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Dr. Hill is the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple University. Prior to that, he held positions at Columbia University and Morehouse College. 

Since his days as a youth in Philadelphia, Dr. Hill has been a social justice activist and organizer. He is a founding board member of My5th, a non-profit organization devoted to educating youth about their legal rights and responsibilities. He is also a board member and organizer of the Philadelphia Student Union. Dr. Hill also works closely with the ACLU Drug Reform Project, focusing on drug informant policy. Over the past few years, he has actively worked on campaigns to end the death penalty and to release numerous political prisoners.


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

2017
Angela Davis
Distinguished Professor Emerita, University of California - Santa Cruz
Author, Educator & Activist

2016
Dr. Arlette Miller Smith
Founding Dean, Office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs, St. John Fisher College

2015
Mayor Lovely A. Warren
Rochester's first female mayor, second African-American mayor, and its youngest mayor in modern times

2014
Nikki Giovanni
Poet, writer, commentator, activist and educator

Watch the Nikki Giovanni MLK Lecture

2013
Rev Dr. Marvin McMickle
President, Distinguished Pastor, Professor Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

Watch the Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle MLK Lecture

2012
Rev. Dr. James L. Netter
Ministerial trailblazer, civil rights leader, civic and community leader

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

2011
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

2009
Dr. Maulana Karenga 
Professor of African Studies at California State University, LongBeach

2008
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.

2007
Dr. Judy Scales-Trent
Professor of Law, The State University of New York at Buffalo

2006
Ilyasah Shabazz
Daughter of the Pan-Africanist Malcolm X, founder of the OAAU (Organization of Afro-American Unity)

2005
Dr. Horace Campbell
Professor, African American Studies and Political Science at Syracuse University

2004
Maya Angelou
Autobiographer and poet

2003
Randall Robinson
Author of The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks

2002
Coretta Scott King
Widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., founder of the MLK, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change

2001
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University; author and radio show host

2000
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)

1999
Dr. C. Aisha Blackshine-Belay
Professor and Chairperson, African and African-American Studies Department, Indiana University

1998
Dr. James Turner
Professor, Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University

1997
Dr. Micere M. Githae Mugo
Professor, African American Studies, Syracuse University

1996
Councilman Michael Julian Bond
City Council, Atlanta, GA

1995
Dr. George B.N. Ayittey
Professor of Economics, the American University, Washington, DC

1993
Dr. Orlando Patterson
Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

1992
Professor Elliot Skinner
Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University

1991
bell hooks
Author and feminist, English Department at Berlin College, OH

1990
Hon. Constance Baker Motley
United States District Judge, United States District Court, Southern District of New York

1988
Dr. Frank G. Pogue
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Special Programs, State University of New York

1987
Dr. James Comer
Professor, Child Psychiatry, Yale University

1986
Dr. Bernard Gifford
Dean, School of Education, University of California at Berkeley

1985
Dr. James Evans
Professor, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

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