MLK Commemoration TODAY at 12:15

At the start of every Spring semester, we come together as a community to honor the civil rights legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s MLK Commemoration will be held TODAY, February 3rd from 12:15 pm -1:15pm in Crowell Concert Hall (60 Wyllys Avenue) with a reception to follow the ceremony in Usdan 108. This year our keynote speaker will be writer, activist, and Minneapolis City Council President Andrea Jenkins (link to Jenkins website).

Jenkins is the first Black transgender woman to be elected to public office in the United States. She was elected to the council with 73% of the vote. Before being elected, Jenkins worked for twelve years as a policy aide to two members of the Minneapolis City Council and subsequently served as the oral historian for the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota Libraries, documenting the lived experiences of transgender and gender nonconforming people in the Upper Midwest and the United States.

This event was made possible through the generous contributions of The Resource Center, the Office for Equity and Inclusion, the Department of African American Studies and the Center for African American Studies, the Department of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the Dozoretz Fund, and the Olin Library. If you have any questions about the event, please don’t hesitate to contact Demetrius Colvin at

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