Join the Rutgers Cultural Center Collaborative as we build on Dr. King’s legacy of excellence. We are excited to host two signature events during our 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Series. 

A Presentation and Conversation with Dr. Bettina Love: Living a Hip Hop & Abolitionist Life (Past Event)

Thank you for joining the Rutgers Cultural Center Collaborative virtually for “A Presentation and Conversation with Dr. Bettina Love: Living a Hip Hop & Abolitionist Life” on Thursday, January 20 at 6pm!

Dr. Love discussed how Hip Hop Civics Ed, when linked to the framework of intersectionality and Abolitionist Teaching, creates a space where Black lives matter and analytic sensibilities are nurtured to engage youth in the work of fighting for visibility, inclusion, and justice. This event also featured a conversation between Dr. Love and Rutgers University President, Dr. Jonathan Holloway, as well as a special appearance by Paul Lewis ’22.


Dr. Bettina L. Love ( is the Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Educational Theory and Practice at University of Georgia, where she teaches on hip-hop based education, black girlhood, diversity and social justice, hip hop feminism and critical media literacy.

In 2020, Love co-founded the Abolitionist Teaching Network (ATN) to develop and support teachers and parents to fight injustice within their schools and communities. In 2020, Love was also named a member of the Old 4th Ward Economic Security Task Force with the Atlanta City Council.

In 2014, she was invited to the White House Research Conference on Girls to discuss her work focused on the lives of black girls. For her work in the field of hip hop education, in 2016, Love was named the Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. In April 2017, Love participated in a one-on-one public lecture with bell hooks focused on liberatory education. In 2018, the Georgia House of Representatives presented Love with a resolution for her impact on the field of education. She has also provided commentary for various news outlets including NPREd WeekThe Guardian, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

She is the author of the books We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom and Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South. Her work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including the English JournalUrban EducationThe Urban Review, and the Journal of LGBT Youth.

Paul Lewis ’22 is a transfer Psychology student from San Jose, California. He has been interested in music and poetry from an early age and sees themas an outlet for creative expression and communication. Additionally, Paul is this year’s president of Verbal Mayhem – a poetry and music club dedicated to providing a safe space for artists, creatives, and all walks of people.

6th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Competition, Presented by the Paul Robeson Cultural Center

This annual competition honors the oratorical legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by inviting student speakers to expand on a selected Dr. King quote to share their social justice vision of the future. The competition is decided by a select group of faculty, alumni, and staff. For more information, please visit the Paul Robeson Cultural Center website

This year’s selected quote is:

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”