For the 13th-consecutive year, NYU will commemorate Dr. King’s visit and his legacy by hosting a week-long schedule of special events. The theme for this year’s NYU Martin Luther King, Jr. Week is, THE REVOLUTION IS NOW. FOR EVENT UPDATES: NYU.EDU/MLKWEEK
[CALENDAR OF EVENTS]
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND
NKABOMU (UNITY): AHM BANQUET, FEATURING ROBERT JACKSON
6:00PM | GREENBERG LOUNGE, 40 WASH. SQ. SOUTH
Join us for a night of theatrical performances throughout which Robert Jackson and other performers will perform music, monologues and stories in 3+ African languages, while sharing the narratives and perspectives of what blackness and heritage means for those across the diaspora. More info HERE.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH
MLK WEEK OPENING EVENT: A WHISTLE IN MISSISSIPPI (A PLAY)
6:00PM | MAKERSPACE, 6 METROTECH, BROOKLYN
Emmett Louis Till was born on July 25, 1941. When he was 14, he went to visit his great-uncle in Mississippi. According to several versions, Emmett whistled at a white woman and others say he grabbed her hand and asked for a date; others say all he did was say “Bye, baby” as he left the store. The play explores the impact of the untimely death of Emmett Till and the powerful ripples of change that transformed America. This performance will run 55 minutes and will be followed by a discussion on racial injustice in America during Jim Crow compared to today. Submit your RSVP to attend this year’s NYU MLK Week opening event.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH
GSO ORATORICAL CONTEST
7:00PM | PLESS HALL, FIRST FL. LOUNGE
The MLK Oratorical Contest is an annual event that provides graduate and doctoral students across the university to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through oratory performance. Join us this year and watch graduate students across the university perform in the style of oratory (e.g. poetry, speech, song, etc.), reflecting on this year’s NYU MLK Week theme: “The Revolution is Now.” This event is open to all NYU graduate students. A prize will be awarded to the winner of the contest.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH
REVOLUTION: FORGOTTEN. REMEMBERED. REIMAGINED.
7:00PM | CMEP LOUNGE (KIMMEL 804/805)
Revolution as we know it is the combination of what how we have forgotten, and how we have remembered, and what is reimagined. During this event, we hope to search for clarity while we reconcile the complex and multi-layered truth about revolution, particularly forgotten revolutions. Through uncovering revolutionary erasure we hope to engage and empower participants to reimagine the history and truth behind revolution and its relationship to today.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH
7:00PM | SKIRBALL CENTER, 566 LAGUARDIA PLACE
The highlight of this year’s NYU MLK Week will be the University-Wide Event on Thursday, February 8th. The event will feature Oscar Award-winning writer, actor, producer, author, and NYU Grad Film tenured professor, Spike Lee who will be receiving this year’s MLK Humanitarian Award. Panelists for the evening will include comedian, actress, writer, and producer, Amanda Seales; model and social activist, Munroe Bergdorf; and The New York Times columnist, author, and political commentator, Charles Blow; in conversation with author, journalist, and television commentator, Clay Cane. With a performance by Amy León, NYU Alum, musician, poet, activist, and educator. RSVP Here.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH
MLK DAY OF SERVICE
ALL DAY | VARIOUS LOCATIONS
A number of groups and individuals within the university will commemorate the end of MLK Week with an act of service. Co-sponsored by the Center for Student Activities, Leadership & Service.