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Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration


The Martin Luther King Jr. Committee maintains that the breadth of Dr. King's heritage as an American leader is a mainly untapped resource. Some areas of Dr. King's active involvement to further social justice include all levels of schooling, human violence, intolerance, gender issues, and the structure of job opportunities. Programs in these and other domains developed through various academic disciplines seem appropriate for the committee to cooperatively develop this year.

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Martin Luther King Celebration 2020-21

Defamation ExperienceThe Defamation Experience
Feb. 15
6:30 p.m.

Sponsors: Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Education, Martin Luther King Jr. Committee,


Nationally acclaimed, the Defamation Experience begins with a riveting courtroom drama that explores the highly charged issues of race, class, religion, gender, and the law with a twist---your audience is the jury. Combined with an audience deliberation and facilitated discussion, the Defamation Experience is a unique opportunity for your community to engage in civil discourse about the most pressing social issues of our day. The program creates an opportunity for your audience to exercise self-examination about their own biases and how they affect our perceptions and assumptions. It also allows your audience to get comfortable with engaging in civil discourse about difficult topics.

Deesha PhilyawDeesha Philyaw, Writer
National African American Read-In
Feb. 25
2 p.m.
Sponsors: English Department, Martin Luther King Jr. Committee, Office Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Education

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Deesha Philyaw's debut short story collection, "The Secret Lives of Church Ladies" was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction and for The Story Prize (2020/2021). "The Secret Lives of Church Ladies" focuses on Black women, sex, and the Black church. Philyaw is also the co-author of Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce, written in collaboration with her ex-husband.

MLK Committee


Mr. Rogers J. Laugand III,
Dr. Phil Terman,

Committee Members:

Dr. Peggy Apple -

Mr. Joseph Croskey -

Mr. Mark Franchino -

Dr. Mark Lepore -

Dr. Candice Matthew -

Ms. Kelly Ryan -






Last Updated 2/9/21