WHO: Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, will deliver the University of Rochester’s 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address.
COMMEMORATIVE ADDRESS: 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, Strong Auditorium on the River Campus. There will be a Q&A session at the end of Dr. Muhammad’s talk. The event is free and open to the public.
ABOUT KHALIL GIBRAN MUHAMMAD: Khalil Gibran Muhammad is the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a Harlem-based branch of the New York Public Library. Muhammad is a former professor of history at Indiana University and served as the associate editor of the Journal of American History. He is the author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, published by Harvard University Press, which won the 2011 John Hope Franklin Best Book award in American Studies.
Muhammad is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University, where he earned his PhD in history.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Address was instituted in 2001 to promote issues of diversity, freedom, civil rights and social justice.