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Apollo Uptown Hall: MLK and the Fierce Urgency of Now!

January 18, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Apollo Uptown Hall: MLK and the Fierce Urgency of Now!


Monday, January 18 / 3PM ET

The Apollo Theater and WNYC Present

Apollo Uptown Hall: MLK and the Fierce Urgency of Now!

In Collaboration with March on Washington Film Festival

WNYC and the Apollo Theater will present the 15th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, “MLK and the Fierce Urgency of Now,” as part of the Apollo’s Uptown Hall series, on Monday, January 18 at 3pm.

This year’s digital version of the MLK Apollo Uptown Hall will unpack the implications of the 2020 US Presidential Election through the prisms of civil rights and modern day social justice movements. Join WNYC’s co-hosts Brian Lehrer, Jami Floyd and The Takeaway's Tanzina Vega as we present in-depth interviews and narrative exploration with political leaders, authors, artists, and activists, to examine Dr. Martin Luther King’s civil rights philosophy, tactics, challenges and triumphs within the lens of today’s social and political climate.

Tune in Monday, January 18th on the Apollo Digital Stage & Facebook Live at 3:00pm ET. This program will also air on WNYC’s The Takeaway at 9am on AM 820 and 3pm on 93.9 FM Eastern Standard Time.

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 Times1619 Project
  • Letitia James, Attorney General for the State of New York
  • Dr. Uche 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


Apollo Digital Stage Facebook

Support for the Apollo Community Programs provided by Love, Tito’s and from New York City Council Member Mark Levine.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. standing at a podium


January 18, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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