Commemoration Media Coverage

Duke Today

On MLK Day, a Call for Citizens to Be ‘Democracy Maintenance Workers’

NAACP Legal Defense Fund president Sherrilyn Ifill decries ‘a disinvestment from public life’


Duke Chronicle

Activists, City Leaders Remember Martin Luther King Jr., Discuss Race Relations


Astronaut Mae Jemison Reflects on How to Honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

Dr. Mae Jemison, a NASA astronaut who became the first woman of color to go into space when she orbited aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on Sept. 12, 1992, delivered the keynote address during Duke Hospital’s Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In this audio excerpt, Jamison shares how she honors King’s legacy:

Bernie Sanders, William Barber in Conversation at Duke Chapel Jan. 19

“The Enduring Challenge of a Moral Economy: 50 Years After Dr. King Challenged Racism, Poverty, and Militarism”

A Duke University Chapel “Bridge Panel” conversation with the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, moderated by Dean Luke A. Powery, about the ongoing work for economic justice in America.

‘Progress Through Protest: Equality, With Liberty and Justice for All’

A panel discussion on the impact of athlete protests, 7 p.m. Jan. 11 in Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center

Free and open to the public.

Parking is available in the Bryan Center Parking Garage on Science Drive (map at

The discussion will be moderated by Nolan Smith, former pro and Duke basketball player and current special assistant coach for the Duke men’s basketball team. Panelists include attorney and sports agent Joseph R. Lefft, co-founder of the National Association of Coaching Equity and Development; Duke Women’s Track and Field team member Jaida Lemmons; N.C. Central University Director of Athletics Ingrid Wicker McCree; Duke Professor of African & African American Studies Mark Anthony Neal; Duke Women’s Lacrosse player Michelle Staggers; and William Wright, assistant director of Duke Student-Athlete Development.