WNYC and Apollo Theater Present: "MLK and the Fierce Urgency of Now!"
Presented in collaboration with the March on Washington Film Festival.
This year, WNYC and Apollo Theater are bringing our annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. event to the national radio airwaves on The Takeaway, the national news program from WNYC and PRX, and online as a Facebook live video simulcast.
The special broadcast will be co-hosted by the event’s signature hosts —WNYC’s Brian Lehrer and Senior Editor of WNYC’s Race and Justice Unit Jami Floyd — who will be joined by Tanzina Vega, host of The Takeaway.
Guests include James E. Clyburn, Nikole Hannah-Jones, and Letitia James, among a distinguished roster of civil rights leaders, elected officials, activists, journalists, and artists to discuss the urgent priorities facing the incoming Biden-Harris administration, health equity for Black Americans, and what comes next in our nation’s ongoing reckoning around systemic racism.
“MLK and the Fierce Urgency of Now!” will also have a video simulcast on Facebook Live at 3pm ET.
Featured guests include:
- Congressman James E. Clyburn, Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina
- Reverend Dr. William Barber, II, President of Repairers of the Breach and Co-Chair of The Poor People’s Campaign
- Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr., Civil rights activist and co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
- Nikole Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and creator of The New York Times’ 1619 Project
- Letitia James, Attorney General for the State of New York
- Dr. Uché Blackstock, Yahoo! News Medical Contributor and Founder & CEO of Advancing Health Equity
- Dr. Jeff Gardere, Associate Professor of Behavioral Medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Queen Afua, Five-time best-selling author and CEO of the Queen Afua Wellness Center
- Leslé Honoré, Blaxican artist and activist, who will read from her book of poems Fist & Fire
The video version of the program will include introductions from Goli Sheikholeslami, President and CEO of New York Public Radio; Jonelle Procope, President and CEO of the Apollo Theater; and Isisara Bey, Artistic Director of the March on Washington Film Festival.