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Apollo Uptown Hall: Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

January 12, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Apollo Uptown Hall
The Strategic King: MLK's Visionary Leadership


Sunday, January 12, 2020

WNYC & Apollo Theater Present Apollo Uptown Hall The Strategic King: MLK's Visionary Leadership

Sunday, January 12 at 3 PM

The Apollo Theater and WNYC are partnering 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, will moderate this convening of artists and activists, journalists, and changemakers to deeply engage with Dr. King’s legacy and how his actions and teachings speak to and inform the social justice matters of our own time. For the first time in our history, this live event will be recorded for national broadcast to over 300 stations on NPR’s 1A on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Monday, January 20. Locally in New York, WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show will air the special on Monday, January 20, 2020. This year’s event focuses 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 will consider how those strategies continue to 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

UPDATE: SOLD OUT. Apollo Uptown Halls are free and open to the public, but tickets are required for entry. Seating is first come, first served. 

This event will be streamed via Facebook Live on January 12th. Tune-in to watch here.

Current Ticket Holders: On Sunday, January 12, event doors open at 2PM for ticket holders. Please arrive and be seated by 2:25pm. Note that at 2:30PM, all unoccupied seats will be released to our guests on the standby line.

Standby Ticket Availability: After ticket holders are admitted, a limited number of standby guests may be admitted on the day of the event to fill unoccupied seats. Standby line will form at 2:15pm and standby guests will be admitted on a first come, first served basis, based on availability.

Please arrive early!




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




January 12, 2020
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Apollo Mainstage
New York, NY 10027 United States