Monday, January 27, 2020
6:30pm | Reception & Book Signing: Stokely: A Life
7:30pm | Event Kick-Off & Opening Performance
College Avenue Student Center | Multipurpose Room
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Dream Week recognizes Dr. King’s ultimate sacrifice for justice and equality and how we can continue to carry out his vision for a more just and equitable society.
This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Peniel E. Joseph, who holds a joint professorship appointment at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the History Department in the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also the founding director of the LBJ School’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.
Dr. Peniel Joseph’s career focus has been on “Black Power Studies,” which encompasses interdisciplinary fields such as Africana studies, law and society, women’s and ethnic studies, and political science. Prior to joining the UT faculty, Joseph was a professor at Tufts University, where he founded the school’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy to promote engaged research and scholarship focused on the ways issues of race and democracy affect people’s lives. He is a frequent commentator and contributor on CNN, PBS, Newsweek, NPR, CSPAN, and MSNBC on issues of race, democracy and civil rights. Joseph wrote the award-winning books Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America and Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama. Included among Joseph’s book credits is the editing of The Black Power Movement: Rethinking the Civil Rights-Black Power Era and Neighborhood Rebels: Black Power at the Local Level. His most recent book, Stokely: A Life, has been called the definitive biography of Stokely Carmichael, the man who popularized the phrase “black power.” Dr. Joseph will be signing his latest book, Stokely: A Life, at the event.