2019 University Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Scheduled for Feb. 20
Posted 01/04/2019Submitted by Christine GrantCategory: Campus Announcements
Angela Davis - Scholar, Activist, and Author
As previously announced, Martin Luther King Day is an official University of Hartford holiday effective this year and the University will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019.
Our 13th annual Martin Luther King commemoration will be on Wednesday, February 20, 2019from noon to 1 p.m. in Lincoln Theater.
This year’s keynote speaker will be scholar, activist, and author Angela Davis, who will also be conferred an honorary degree. Davis is an icon of black politics and social activism in the United States dating back to the 1960s when Dr. King led many civil rights battles. The University’s Gospel Choir and students and professors from The Hartt School will perform during the program.
Please plan to join us as the University celebrates and reflects on the works and teachings of Dr. King and continuing efforts to keep his dream alive.
The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available through the University box office later this month.
Also, please be aware of and mark your calendar for these additional events in February:
February 1, HBO documentary Say Her Name: The Life And Death Of Sandra Bland, followed by discussion - KF Room, Harrison Libraries, 5 p.m.
February 4, Rogow Distinguished Visiting Lectures Program presents Zachary R. Wood, a free speech advocate and author of Uncensored: My Life and Uncomfortable Conversations at the Intersection of Black and White America. Signed copies of his book will be available for purchase in the campus store and at the event. 3 p.m. in Lincoln Theater. Free and open to the public, but tickets are required and available now at the University box office.
February 13 - African American professor, author, preacher, and media icon Michael Eric Dyson speaks in Lincoln Theater from 1 to 3 p.m. Dyson is a Georgetown University sociology professor, NYT contributing opinion writer and contributing editor of the New Republic and ESPN’s The Undefeated website. Dyson’s most recent book is Tears We Cannot Stop, A sermon to White America. This event is free and open to the public but tickets are required. Tickets will be available through the University box office in mid-January.
February 20 – Angela Davis will speak and be conferred an honorary degree. Lincoln Theater Noon – 1 p.m. This event is free and open to the public but tickets are required. Tickets will be available through the University box office in mid-January.
Feb. 21 – The Greenberg Center will host a Diversity Concert and Lecture featuring the work of a Muslim composer performed by Hartt students with an opening address on Jewish, Christian, and Islamic relations by Joel Lohr, the new president of the Hartford Seminary.
February 23 –the annual BSU Fashion Show, this year titled “The World in One Night” will be held in Lincoln Theater at 6 p.m.
During the week of February 25, the International Center will hold events leading into its annual International Festival on Saturday, March 2.
There will also be a Black history movie series on campus. Locations TBA.