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MLK Commemorative Series kickoff set for Jan. 18

Jan. 9, 2019—Vanderbilt will host its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Series Jan. 18-21, providing numerous lectures, service learning opportunities and events for the university community. Political reporter April Ryan will deliver this year’s keynote address Jan. 21.

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Vanderbilt Kennedy Center MLK lecture: Lance Robertson, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Jan. 2, 2019—The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center will welcome Asst. Sec. Lance Robertson, administrator and assistant secretary for aging, Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as its 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture Series keynote speaker.

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Flag ceremony to honor veterans and preserve Impact ‘treasure’

Oct. 19, 2018—A U.S. flag that became the backdrop for the early years of Vanderbilt’s Impact Symposium will be unfurled, refolded and preserved during a campus ceremony to honor veterans Nov. 12.

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Black Lives Matter co-founder to speak at Vanderbilt symposium

Sep. 9, 2018—Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors will deliver the evening keynote address during a Sept. 20 symposium exploring the impact of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy on struggles for racial and social justice.

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Vanderbilt marks 50th anniversary of King’s death

Apr. 5, 2018—Students, faculty and staff gathered Wednesday evening to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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‘Hip-hop intellectual’ Michael Eric Dyson shares thoughts about MLK, ‘core American ideals’ on ‘The Zeppos Report’

Jan. 22, 2018—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos converses with author and MLK Commemorative Series keynote speaker Michael Eric Dyson about racial justice, American values, and sports and society on "The Zeppos Report."

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What’s On My Mind: Racial protest in America

Jan. 18, 2018—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos looks at how racial conflict and the reaction to it have shaped our country in this week’s edition of “What’s On My Mind.”

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Cobb looks to King’s legacy for insight on race, politics

Jan. 18, 2018—Jelani Cobb, a Columbia University professor who has written extensively on race and injustice, spoke at Vanderbilt Jan. 17 on the deep significance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy for those seeking to understand and respond to recent divisive political developments.

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Save the date: Gordon to give MLK Day lecture Jan. 16

Dec. 7, 2016—David Gordon, dean of the University of Akron College of Health Professions, will speak from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, in conjunction with the 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Series at Vanderbilt.

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Civil rights leader, candlelight vigil part of MLK Celebration at Vanderbilt Jan. 15-18

Jan. 11, 2016—The Rev. James Lawson, whom Martin Luther King Jr. called “the leading nonviolence theorist in the world,” will deliver the keynote address at Vanderbilt University’s MLK Day celebration Monday, Jan. 18. The theme for the commemoration is “Apathy to Action: Activism, Allyship and Anti-Racism.”

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