2019 MLK Commemoration to Highlight ‘Why Words Matter: From Dissent to Dialogue’

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‘Me too.’ founder to deliver keynote address

Tarana Burke, an African-American civil rights activist and “me too.” movement founder, will deliver the keynote address for Duke University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration on Sunday, Jan. 20.

Burke, the senior director at Girls for Gender Equity, coined the phrase “me too.” in 2006 to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and assault in society. It grew into a broader movement following the 2017 use of #MeToo as a hashtag after the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations.

The public is invited to the annual program, which will link King’s civil rights legacy to the continuing struggle for equity and justice in all facets of our society. The commemoration event starts at 3 p.m. in Duke University Chapel, and free parking is available in the Bryan Center Parking Garage (see map at http://myatlascms.com/map/?id=21&mrkIid=39570).

TIME Magazine named Burke, among a group of other prominent activists dubbed “the silence breakers,” as the Time Person of the Year for 2017.

Those unable to attend can watch a live stream of the event on Duke’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/APgmRPXtmx0. Viewers can post comments on Twitter using the hashtag #DukeMLK. An archive of the recording will also be posted online.

“We rarely highlight Dr. King’s activism aimed at pushing back on systems of power and privilege,” said Benjamin Reese Jr., vice president and chief diversity officer for the Duke Office for Institutional Equity. “Ms. Burke’s social justice work and her activism in highlighting sexual assault is a credit to Dr. King’s legacy.”

Other highlights of the Duke Chapel program include performances by Duke’s Amandla Chorus, Durham’s Collage Dance Company and the John Brown Jazz Combo. There will also be greetings from Duke President Vincent Price, Durham Mayor Steve Schewel, Duke University Hospital President Dr. Thomas Owens and Duke Black Student Alliance Vice President Ashleigh Smith.

Additional campus events include a talk by writer and civil rights activist Shaun King at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in Reynolds Theater. King is noted for his use of social media to promote social causes, including the Black Lives Matter movement, and is a columnist for The Intercept. Previously, he was a contributing writer for Daily Kos and a political commentator for The Young Turks. He co-founded the Real Justice PAC in February 2018, which supports progressive candidates running for district attorney offices.

All tickets to Shaun King’s talk have now been claimed.

For MLK Day, Duke Volunteers Package Meals for the Region’s Needy

Volunteers from Duke University, area Rotary Clubs and Duke School packaged 106,000 meals on Jan. 21 as part of the region’s commemoration of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The volunteers gathered at the Duke School. The food packages will be distributed by the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and their partner agencies working to end hunger in seven counties.

In addition, non-perishable items were collected at check-in for donation to the Durham Tech and N.C. Central University food pantries. View photos here.

https://today.duke.edu/2019/01/mlk-day-duke-volunteers-package-meals-regions-needy

Commemoration Media Coverage

Duke Chronicle

‘Hard to judge history while you’re in it’: Activist Shaun King comes to campus

Indy Week

Live Coverage: Activist, writer Shaun King speaks at Duke

Duke’s YouTube Channel

Watch writer and activist Shaun King’s talk

Triangle Tribune

#MeToo founder continues work started by King

Duke Today

At Duke’s MLK Celebration, a Vision for a Society Free of Sexual Violence

‘Me Too’ movement founder Tarana Burke draws inspiration from women pioneers

News & Observer

#MeToo founder calls on women to be ‘visionary’ to build and sustain movements

WTVD

#MeToo founder gives speech during MLK address at Duke Chapel

The Chronicle

‘We will win’: Me Too founder discusses what makes a movement at MLK commemoration

Duke Chapel’s YouTube Channel

Watch: 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration

Writer and activist Shaun King to speak on Jan. 23


7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019
Bryan Center Reynolds Industries Theater
[ALL THE FREE TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT HAVE BEEN CLAIMED]

Writer and civil rights activist Shaun King will deliver a talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the Bryan Center’s Reynolds Theater. King is noted for his use of social media to promote social causes, including the Black Lives Matter movement, and is a columnist for The Intercept. Previously, he was a contributing writer for Daily Kos and a political commentator for The Young Turks. In February 2018 he co-founded the Real Justice PAC, which supports progressive candidates running for district attorney offices. Free parking is available in the Bryan Center Parking Garage. (see map at http://myatlascms.com/map/?id=21&mrkIid=39570)


Those unable to attend can watch a live stream of the event on Duke’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/IQG8dwk3CNo





19th Annual DCRI MLK Day Celebration

19th Annual DCRI MLK Day Celebration

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Duke Clinical Research Institute

200 Morris St.  – Downtown Durham, NC (Room 1300)

Pierce Freelon to speak Jan. 22 at DCRI

Keynote speaker:  Pierce Freelon, professor, director, musician, Emmy-Award winning producer, and former candidate for mayor of Durham

Keynote address title:  “Kings and Queens of the Movement”

Musical Performance by: DeVone Young – performing Mahalia Jackson’s “How I Got Over”

Live-steam link: https://youtu.be/UbQuidH3hEE