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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.: Welcome

2024 Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Celebration

Wednesday, January 17, 2024, at 7 p.m.
Malcolm Field Theatre

An Evening with Melissa Harris-Perry

Professor Melissa Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair in the Department of Politics and International Affairs, the Department of Women and Gender Studies, the African American Studies Program, and the Program in Environment and Sustainability at Wake Forest University. There she conducts research and teaches courses on American politics at the intersections of gender, race, and place.

Melissa served as the final host and managing editor of The Takeaway, a daily, national public radio program and podcast, which aired on over 300 public radio stations across the country. And along with Dorian Warren, Harris-Perry is co-creator and co-host of The Takeaway’s special project Deep Dives with MHP and Dorian and the podcast System Check.

Professor Harris-Perry is founder and president of the Anna Julia Cooper Center, whose mission is to advance justice through intersectional scholarship and action. She is the author of the award-winning Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, and Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America.

From 2012-2016, she hosted the television show Melissa Harris-Perry on weekend mornings on MSNBC and was awarded the Hillman Prize for broadcast journalism. She served as editor-at- large for and for ZORA. She continues to serve as contributing editor for The Nation.

Professor Harris-Perry is an award-winning author and sought after public speaker, lecturing widely throughout the United States and abroad. Harris-Perry received her B.A. degree in English from Wake Forest University and her Ph.D. degree in political science from Duke University. She studied theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Harris-Perry previously served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and Tulane University. Professor Harris-Perry has been awarded honorary degrees from many universities including Meadville Lombard Theological School, Winston-Salem State University, Eckerd College, New York University, and Ithaca College.

Melissa serves on many governing boards and committees. She is a trustee of The Century Foundation, The Next 100 and The Markup.

She and her family live in North Carolina.

This event will also feature:

  • Presentation of the MLK Scholarship Awards
  • Presentation of the Regional Drum Major Awards

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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

The Department of the Interior is the custodian of the National Mall, where Dr. King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963;  the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.;  and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Georgia. On what would have been his 92nd birthday, we celebrate the life and legacy of this great civil rights leader.

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Martin Luther King Jr. believed in a world where “the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” are guaranteed for all humankind. Today, people around the globe follow in King’s footsteps by continuing to fight for these rights through peaceful protest.

Learn more about King’s lasting impact.

Spotlight on Martin Luther King Jr.