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Annual Martin Luther King Day Observance Jan 18, 2016 @ 4 pm Get Tickets »

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Keynote Speaker – Melissa Harris-Perry

Melissa Harris-Perry is the Presidential Endowed Chair in Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University. There she is the Executive Director of the Pro Humanitate Institute and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. She is the host of Melissa Harris-Perry, which broadcasts live on MSNBC on Saturdays and Sundays from 10AM to Noon. She is the author of the the award-winning Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, and Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America. Harris-Perry received her B.A. degree in English from Wake Forest University in 1994 and her Ph.D. degree in political science from Duke University in 1999. She also studied theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Harris-Perry previously served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and Tulane University.

A book signing with Melissa Harris-Perry will be held at 3 pm in the Jorgensen lobby.

This event is sponsored by SUBOG, Student Activities, UConn Reads, Division of Student Affairs, African American Cultural Center, Asian American Cultural Center, Women's Center, Rainbow Center, Puerto Rican Latin American Cultural Center, Dean of Student's Office, Office of the Provost, Office of the President, Lodewick Visitor's Center, Unesco Chair & Institute of Comparative Human Rights, Residential Life, Community Outreach, UAW Local 6950 UConn Graduate Employee Union, Graduate School, Dining Services, African American Faculty & Staff, Office of Undergraduate Admission, and Panhellenic Council.

Admission is free.