WHAT: WNYC and the Apollo Theater, in collaboration with The March on Washington Film Festival, will present WNYC’s 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, “The Strategic King: MLK’s Visionary Leadership,” as part of the Apollo’s Uptown Hall series, onSunday, January 12 at 3pm. This event will be hosted by WNYC’s Brian Lehrer and Jami Floyd. WQXR’s Terrance McKnight will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
This year’s celebration will focus on Dr. King and his colleagues’ skillful use of media and politically strategic tactics to influence politicians and pass key legislation in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Panelists will discuss how Dr. King’s strategies continue to inform and inspire contemporary social justice movements, especially as some of those very protections are under attack today.
Featured guests include:
Herb Boyd – Journalist, educator, and author
Taylor Branch – Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian
Rev. Dr. Canon Kelly Brown Douglas – Dean, Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary
Jonathan Capehart – Washington Post Opinion Writer
Dorothy Butler Gilliam – Journalist
Mary-Pat Hector – National Youth Director for National Action Network
Khalil Gibran Muhammad – Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the Radcliffe Institute
Rashad Robinson – President, Color of Change
Bakari Sellers – Former South Carolina State Representative, attorney, political commentator and politician
Performances and presentations by:
Jessica Care Moore – Playwright and producer
Natasha Trethewey – Pulitzer Prize-winner and U.S. Poet Laureate
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The legendary Apollo Theater—the soul of American culture—plays a vital role in cultivating emerging artists and launching legends. Since its founding, the Apollo has served as a center of innovation and a creative catalyst for Harlem, the city of New York, and the world.
With music at its core, the Apollo’s programming extends to dance, theater, spoken word, and more. This includes special programs such as the blockbuster concert Bruno Mars Live at the Apollo, 100: The Apollo Celebrates Ella, the annual Africa Now! Festival, and the New York premiere of the opera We Shall Not Be Moved. The Apollo is a performing arts presenting organization that also produces festivals and large-scale dance and music works organized around a set of core initiatives that celebrate and extend the Apollo’s legacy through a contemporary lens; global festivals including the Women of the World (WOW) Festival and Breakin’ Convention, international and U.S.-based artist presentations focused on a specific theme; and Special Projects, multidisciplinary collaborations with partner organizations.