Schomburg Center of Black Culture director to deliver MLK Keynote

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.

Please visit www.rochester.edu/diversity/celebrations/blackhistory

UR Students Highlighted for MLK Volunteering Efforts

On Saturday, across the city of Rochester, RochesterCares’ “King for a Day” project brought groups of students and community members together to participate in service activities. University of Rochester students took part in a number of different projects, including cleaning up the community garden at the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence on South Plymouth Avenue and setting up luminaries around the neighborhood for the holiday.  At the Rochester Museum and Science Center, U of R students helped run the YMCA sponsored Martin Luther King Jr. Day events, which brought over 300 children from grades K-6 to participate in activities related to the holiday.

UR students also visited the Hickok Center for Brain Injury, Volunteers of America Children’s Center, Monroe-Rochester Youth Bureau as well as taking part in outdoor cleanup. Their volunteer activities have been highlighted by both the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and by WROC-TV. You can read more about the “King for a Day” project at RochesterCares’ website.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations continue Friday Jan. 24th, when Benjamin Todd Jealous, the youngest president in the history of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, will deliver the University of Rochester’s 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address. The free talk begins at 6 p.m. in Strong Auditorium on the River Campus. You can read more about the event here.

Photo courtesy of Rochester Museum and Science Center.