MLK Event to Feature Heads of Black Lives Matter

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 4:45pm to 6:15pm, Sage Chapel, Cornell


MLK lecture Feb. 3 features Black Lives Matter co-founders Co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement will speak Feb. 3, 4:45-6:15 p.m. in Sage Chapel at the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture at Cornell. The event is free and open to the public.

A panel discussion will feature Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, two of the community organizers credited with beginning the online campaign that became a global human rights movement, and Janaya Khan, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto and international ambassador for the #BLM Network. The panel will be introduced by Cornell President Elizabeth Garrett and moderated by Sean Eversley Bradwell, Ph.D. ’09, assistant professor at Ithaca College’s Center for the Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity.

Black Lives Matter began in 2013 following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida. The movement first consolidated around the use of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social media in response to the Zimmerman case and ongoing incidents of bias and racial violence.

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture provides a public, campus-based forum making the life and legacy of King accessible for contemporary times.

The event is sponsored by Cornell United Religious Work, the Africana Studies and Research Center, and Student and Campus Life, with community co-sponsors including the Greater Ithaca Activities Center, Southside Community Center and the Ithaca College Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs.

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