UNCG: Grio’s Jeff Johnson will deliver MLK address Jan. 23
Jeff Johnson — award-winning investigative journalist, social activist, political commentator and author — will deliver the keynote speech at the 2014 UNCG-NC A&T Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.
The program, sponsored jointly by the two sister universities for the second year, begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in NC A&T’s Harrison Auditorium. This year’s theme is “Unclaimed Legacy: Who Will Lead the Next Social Movement?”
The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Originally known as BET’s “Cousin Jeff,” Johnson has parlayed his commitment to making the world a better place into a diverse career. He has spent the last decade merging the worlds of politics and popular culture, working as senior advisor for media and youth outreach for People for the American Way, as national director of the Youth & College division of the NAACP, and as the vice president of Russell Simmons’ Hip Hop Summit Action Network.
He regularly contributes commentary and analysis about issues related to race, politics, popular culture and socio-economics for news broadcasts and publications and is a regular contributor to MSNBC and White House correspondent for the Grio.
Buses will travel between UNCG and NC A&T from 6-7:30 p.m. and from 9-10:30 p.m
For more information on the joint MLK celebration being planned by UNCG and NC A&T, contact Dr. Mark Villacorta at 336-334-5090, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Gerald Spates at 336-334-7800, email@example.com.
2014 Martin Luther King Jr Celebration
When: Thursdayday, January 23, 2014, 730PM
Where: Harrison Auditorium, North Carolina A&T State University, 1601 East Market Street, Greensboro, NC*
*Buses will be traveling from the front of the Elliot University Center to NC A&T from 6pm until 1030pm.
FREE and open to the public!
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Office of Multicultural Affairs
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Men on the Move
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Student Activities Office
Listing of past Keynote Speakers and MLK Service Award Winners
|YEAR||KEYNOTE SPEAKER||SERVICE AWARD WINNER|
|2013||Dick Gregory||Aisha Crawford (Student)|
|2012||Elaine Brown||Parker Hurley (Student)|
|2011||Dr. Terrence Roberts||Kent L. Singletary (Student)|
|2010||Dr. Mae Jemison||Zimuzor Ugochukwu (Student)|
|2009||Rev. Al Sharpton||Wanda Torain (Undergraduate Admissions)|
|2008||Bernice A. King||Brandon Nnodi (Student)|
|2007||Dr. Joseph Lowery, civil rights activist||Dr. Spoma Jovanovic (Communication Studies)|
|2006||Angela Davis, Black Panther, UC Berkeley, etc.||Rhonda Robinson (Student)|
|2005||Julian Bond, NAACP Chairman, former Georgia senator||Kathleen Casey (Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations)|
|2004||Franklin McCain, one of Greensboro Four||Dauvell Evans (Student)|
|2003||Rev. Samuel “Billy” Kyles, Pastor, Monumental Baptist Church, Memphis; was with MLK Jr. during last hour||Patricia J. Bowden (Religious Studies)|
|2002||Dr. Jocelyn Elders, first African American woman to be US Surgeon General||Joette Nicole McLaurin (Student)|
|2001||Herman Boone, former football coach; inspiration for “Remember the Titans”||Erma Totten (Service Worker, Cone Residence Hall)|
|2000||David Dinkins, former mayor of NYC||Robert Earl Randolph, Jr. (Student)|
|1999||Manning Marable, historian and author; Professor, Columbia||Patricia L. Bailey (Director, Disability Services)|
|1998||Myrlie Evers-Williams, Chair, NAACP; widow of Medgar Evers||Jeffrey Thigpen (Student)|
|1997||Shirley Chisholm, former US Representative||Lenora A. Richardson|
|1996||Dr. Michael K. Honey||Deardre R. Johnson (Student)|
|1995||Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Professor of Communications Studies at UNC-CH||Darrell Wheeler|
|1994||Dr. George Subira||Patrice N. Vinson (Student)|
|1993||Ms. Naomi Tutu||Carolyn Moore|
|1992||Dr. James Cone||Daniel T. “J J” McEachern (Student)|
|1991||Rev. Tyrone Crider||Odessa Patrick (Biology)|
|1990||Mary Berry||William R. McNeely, Jr. (Student)|
|1989||Rev. Ralph Abernathy, associate of MLK Jr. and leader of SCLC||Ernestine Small (Nursing)|
|1988||John Lewis, Congressman, Georgia||Bradley Mitchell (Student)|
|1987||Dick Gregory, comedian and political activist||Joseph Himes (Sociology)|