WNYC and the Apollo Theater present the 10th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, “Race and Privilege: Exploring MLK’s Two Americas”, in partnership with the March on Washington Film Festival. WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning host Brian Lehrer and Jami Floyd, local host of WNYC’s All Things Considered, will moderate an open and honest discussion on disparity in America, looking at the persistence of institutional racism and how individuals can combat racism everyday on multiple fronts.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was masterful at shining a spotlight on institutional racism, but he also spoke vigorously of the need to fight prejudice on all levels – from the political to the personal to within one’s individual soul. Through one-on-one interviews, media presentations and a series of panels with leading voices in journalism, higher education, activism, and social justice spheres – including Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, Race Forward Executive Director Rinku Sen, and Color of Change Executive Director Rashad Robinson – “Race and Privilege: Exploring MLK’s Two Americas” will identify how individuals, businesses, organizations and legislators can engage in sustained efforts to combat racism and effect social and political change.
Other guests will include:
- Taylor Branch – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author and historian best known for his award-wining trilogy of books chronicling the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement
- Rokhaya Diallo – French filmmaker, journalist and activist
- Eddie Glaude, Jr., Ph.D. – Author and Chair of Princeton University’s African-American Studies Department
- Sherrilyn Ifill – President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
- Rev. Mike Walrond – Sr. Pastor, First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York
- Sheena Wright – CEO, United Way of Greater NYC