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Tune In: Apollo Uptown Hall: Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

January 20, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Tune In:
Apollo Uptown Hall

The Strategic King: MLK's Visionary Leadership


Monday, January 20, 2020

Tune In!

12pm-2pm on WNYC FM 93.9, AM 820, and NJPR

This broadcast special features Apollo Uptown Hall airing nationally for the first time on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on over 300 stations on NPR’s 1A, in addition to All of It with Allison Stewart locally in New York.

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On January 12th, the Apollo Theater and WNYC  partnered for the seventh year to present WNYC's 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, The Strategic King: MLK's Visionary Leadership as part of the Apollo's Uptown Hall series. Jami Floyd, local host of All Things Considered, and Alison Stewart, local host of All of It  moderated this convening of artists and activists, journalists, and changemakers to deeply engage with Dr. King’s legacy and how his actions and teachings spoke to and informed the social justice matters of our own time. This year’s event focused on Dr. King and his colleagues’ skillful use of the media and politically strategic tactics to influence politicians and help pass key legislation in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Panelists considered how those strategies inform and inspire contemporary social justice movements, especially as some of those very protections are under attack today.

Featured guests include:

  • Herb Boyd – Journalist, educator, and author
  • Taylor Branch – Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian
  • Reverend Canon Kelly Brown Douglas - Dean, Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary
  • Jonathan Capehart – Washington Post Opinion Writer
  • Dorothy Butler Gilliam - Journalist
  • Mary-Pat Hector - National Youth Director for National Action Network
  • Khalil Gibran Muhammad – Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the Radcliffe Institute
  • Rashad Robinson - President of Color Of Change

Performances & presentations by:

  • Jessica Care Moore - Poet, Author, & Activist
  • Natasha Trethewey - Pulitzer Prize-winner and U.S. Poet Laureate
  • Carrie Mae Weems - Artist and MacArthur Fellow

Master of Ceremonies:

  • Terrance McKnight - WQXR




This event is presented in collaboration with March on Washington Film Festival.


January 20, 2020
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Apollo Mainstage
New York, NY 10027 United States