WNYC's "In MLK's Footsteps: Education as a Civil Right" with Brian Lehrer, Touré, Jami Floyd, Toshi Reagon, NYC schoolchildren & others on Sunday, January 15 at the Brooklyn Museum

WNYC Presents

In MLK’s Footsteps: Education as a Civil Right
A discussion of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s work toward education for all

Co-Hosted by WNYC’s BRIAN LEHRER and Journalist JAMI FLOYD

Guests Include Brown v. Board of Education Plaintiff JOHN A. STOKES, Cultural Critic TOURÉ, and Folk/Blues Singer-Songwriter TOSHI REAGON

 Sunday, January 15, 3-5pm
At the Brooklyn Museum, Cantor Auditorium

Free and Open to the Public; Reservations Must Be Made at http://www.wnyc.org/community


(December 21, 2012 – New York, NY) – During Martin Luther King, Jr.’s time, segregated schools were a key battleground in the fight for equality.  More than 50 years later, schools remain a focal point in the pursuit for a better, more fair, and just society – but the struggle has evolved from gaining access and opening closed doors to what happens behind them.  

On January 15 at 3pm, WNYC’s sixth annual MLK Celebration will explore this enduring and vexing issue with IN MLK’s FOOTSTEPS: EDUCATION AS A CIVIL RIGHT, an afternoon of conversation, music and personal reflection on the unfinished business of equal education for all.

WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning host Brian Lehrer and Jami Floyd, managing editor of media blog “The Global Game” and contributor to WNYC’s political blog, “It’s a Free Country,” will lead a dynamic forum with academics, education experts, and historians – including a plaintiff involved in the historic Brown v. Board of Education case – about the evolution of the civil rights struggle around education since King’s time, and what’s left to be done in education reform.

The invigorating afternoon will feature a musical performance by folk/blues songwriter Toshi Reagon, a tap performance from the Manhattan Theatre Lab and its ninth grade chorus, and short tribute speeches to Dr. King from the Manhattan Country School eighth graders.

In MLK’s Footsteps: Education as a Civil Right is co-presented with the Brooklyn Museum in association with Schoolbook, and is sponsored by Brooklyn Community Foundation.

BRIAN LEHRER, Host, WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show
JAMI FLOYD, Managing Editor, “The Global Game”; Attorney and WNYC Contributor, “It’s a Free Country”


TOURÉ, Journalist and Cultural Critic; Author of Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness: What It Means to Be Black Now
JOHN A. STOKES, a plaintiff covered under the Brown litigation in Brown v. Board of Education; Stokes helped lead a student strike of an all-black school because of poor building conditions
FREDERICK C. HARRIS, Director, Institute for Research in African-American Studies
CAMI ANDERSON, Superintendent, Newark Public Schools
RACHEL MORAN, Dean, University of California Los Angeles Law School
HARVARD SITKOFF, Martin Luther King, Jr. scholar

RSVP:  Event is free, but RSVPs are mandatory due to limited seating.         

Excerpts from In MLK’s Footsteps: Education as a Civil Right will air on The Brian Lehrer Show on Monday, January 16 from 10am-noon.  It will be followed by The Leonard Lopate Show from 12-2pm, which will continue its MLK tradition of showcasing some of the greatest gospel records made during King’s lifetime.  For one hour, Leonard Lopate will present the voices of Mahalia Jackson, Marion Williams, Sam Cooke and other stars from the golden age of gospel, discussing their importance and influence on American popular music.  Both shows air weekdays on WNYC 93.9 FM, WNYC AM 820, and via live webstream at www.wnyc.org.

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Brooklyn Museum, housed in a 560,000 square-foot, Beaux-Arts building, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the country. Its world-renowned permanent collections range from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and represent a wide range of cultures. Only a 30-minute subway ride from midtown Manhattan, the museum is part of a complex of nineteenth-century parks and gardens that also includes Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Prospect Park Zoo. For more information, visit www.brooklynmuseum.org.

SchoolBook, a partnership between The New York Times and WNYC, is a comprehensive resource for news, data and conversation about New York City schools.  Schoolbook features fresh content daily, with coverage from The New York Times and WNYC reporters; user-friendly, interactive tools to help parents and others analyze schools; and platforms for community engagement and discussion.  For more information, visit http://www.schoolbook.org.

Brooklyn Community Foundation’s mission is to improve the lives of people in Brooklyn by strengthening communities through local giving, grantmaking and community service. The first and only one of its kind in Brooklyn, the Community Foundation was founded in 2009 to support the borough's most effective nonprofits in five Field of Interest Funds: Arts for All, Caring Neighbors, Community Development, Education and Youth Achievement, and Green Communities. Due to legacy support from Independence Community Bank, 100% of all tax deductible donations to the Brooklyn Community Foundation go directly back to the community. Learn more at: www.BrooklynCommunityFoundation.org; follow at www.Twitter.com/DoGoodBklyn; and like at www.Facebook.com/DoGoodBklyn.

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