Took place on Wednesday, February 2 at 7 p.m., which inaugurated a weeklong series of virtual events about racial justice.
Dr. King situated the civil rights movement in the United States as part of a global and international story. His vision reminds us we must look beyond narrow national frameworks to more fully understand the past, present, and future of the “racial crisis in America.” His vision reminds us we must look beyond narrow national frameworks to more fully understand the past, present, and future of the “racial crisis in America.”
In doing so, he drew upon the work of generations of Black intellectuals and activists who understood the struggle for racial justice in the United States as, in the words of W.E.B. DuBois, “a local phase of a world problem.”
If we in the United States are engaged in a “reckoning” with our history, then we must account for histories of imperialism and colonialism, of trans-Atlantic slavery and settler colonialism, and of the global development of racial capitalism. We should regard it also as a call to think intersectionally about power and liberation by incorporating class and gender. For King, DuBois and others, looking outward and thinking comparatively opened up pathways to new solidarities, means of resistance, and emancipatory visions of the future.
The 2022 Martin Luther King Celebration Committee invites you to join us in honoring activists in our communities, reflecting on the lessons and legacies of Dr. King, and speaking truth to power. This year’s Convocation address will be given by Professor Robin D.G. Kelley, the Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at UCLA. His scholarship profoundly influenced our understanding of race and class in the U.S., the African Diaspora and Africa, and of Black intellectual history, Marxism, and music and visual culture.
Robin D.G. Kelley, PhD, is an educator, author, and the Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research explores the history of social movements in the U.S., the African Diaspora, and Africa; black intellectuals; music and visual culture; Surrealism, and Marxism, among other things. His essays have appeared in professional journals as well as general publications including the Journal of American History, American Historical Review, New York Times, Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noir, Counterpunch, and Boston Review, for which he also serves as Contributing Editor.
Kelley's address is titled: "'The Wrong Side of the World Revolution': King’s Internationalism and the Lessons for Today".
As a campus-wide group, we organize a series of events including a Convocation in recognition of the national MLK holiday. In furthering Dr. King’s legacy, we promote the struggle for racial justice as necessarily grounded in peace, love, nonviolence, and a recognition of human dignity. We align our mission with that of the University to encourage our community to develop and commit to a sense of social responsibility.
The Martin Luther King, Jr Celebration Committee will recognize individuals (faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students) whose record of personal and institutional achievement in areas of leadership and service reflect a strong commitment to advancing the ideals and values of Martin Luther King through courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility, and service.Nomination Form
Mahfouz Soumare '22
Nat Bush, MSW '22
Sonya Huber, PhD
The application deadline has ended for this year.Are you impacting change through issues of racial justice, gender equality, environmental justice, immigration, or other issues? Share how you maintain a spirit of hope and dignity as you seek to change the world.