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Apollo Uptown Hall: MLK Rebroadcast

August 27, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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


Rebroadcast in Honor of the March on Washington

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

Thursday, August 27

The Apollo Theater and WNYC partner each January to present WNYC's  Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration. In honor of the anniversary of the March on Washington, and the historical significance of August 28th and the monumental events surrounding this date In history, we revisit this year's event, 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 speak to and inform 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 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:

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




August 27, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Apollo Mainstage
New York, NY 10027 United States