WNYC and the Apollo Theater present the 12th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration.
The afternoon features lively conversations with notable guests, including former attorney and MLK advisor Dr. Clarence Jones, Women’s March co-founder Linda Sarsour, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors and 2008 Green Party vice presidential candidate Rosa Clemente. Panelists will explore the progress that has been made in the half-century since Dr. King’s untimely death, the evolution and persistence of issues he fought to eliminate — from racial and wage inequality to housing discrimination to police brutality — and the question of what Dr. King’s vision and leadership mean in this time of moral and ethical ambiguity. In effect: what happens to his dream deferred?
WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning host Brian Lehrer and local All Things Considered host Jami Floyd will moderate the afternoon, with WQXR's Terrance McKnight as Master of Ceremonies.
Other guests will include:
- Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and MLK biographer
- Jeanne Theoharis, Scholar and Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College
- Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Activist and spiritual leader of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah
- Pandit Dasa – Author, Mindful Leadership and Wellbeing expert, and former practicing monk
- Minister Kristen John Foy – Minister, President of the Brooklyn Chapter of the National Action Network
The event will conclude with a rousing performance by the two-time Emmy Award-winning ensemble Vy Higginsen’s Gospel For Teens – a renowned group of teenagers who study and sing the art of gospel music in Harlem.