Loyola University Maryland

Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation

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Michelle Alexander to speak at 29th annual MLK Convocation

Bestselling author Michelle Alexander will speak at Loyola University Maryland’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, at 6:30 p.m., in Reitz Arena. “The New Jim Crow: An Evening with Michelle Alexander” convocation will be moderated by Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Ph.D., founding director of the Karson Institute for Race, Peace & Social Justice and associate professor of communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola. The lecture will also be livestreamed.

Michelle Alexander speaking at a podium to an audienceAlexander will offer new perspectives while discussing her critically acclaimed bestseller, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, which examines racial injustice in the modern legal system and calls us all to action for improved human rights in America.

A book signing will follow the lecture. This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required by Jan. 13, 2022. Read the full press release.

For more information, please call 410-617-2082 or write to OfficeOfTheCEIO@loyola.edu. Closed captioning will be provided.

About the MLK Convocation

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation, celebrating its 29th year, is an occasion for Loyola and the Baltimore community to launch the spring semester and the New Year by coming together for shared inquiry into the issues of social justice, politics, spirituality, and the legacies of race and racial justice in America. The convocation, which is sponsored by Loyola University Maryland’s office of equity and inclusion, is a signature event for the University. Past speakers have included Octavia Butler, Spike Lee, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Roxane Gay.

The convocation is co-sponsored by the office of the president, office of equity and inclusion, Messina, and the Karson Institute for Race, Peace, & Social Justice.

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The 2022 MLK Convocation is part of the Celebration of 50 Years of Women at Loyola.