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Beginning on Monday, January 21, Champlain College will host a series of events to honor and celebrate the legacy and contributions of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year's College celebration is sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs. The events are being organized in partnership with the Student Affairs Diversity, Community and Inclusion team, the Let Us Teach committee, the MLK Student Committee and other college departments.
This year's MLK Celebration consists of numerous events to honor and explore Dr. King's legacy. The keynote address marks the culmination of a full program of learning organized by students, staff, and faculty as a "Let Us Teach" day of presentations and films. The Keynote event on Monday, January 21 from 3:30-5:00 PM is free and open to the public.
Monday, January 21, 2019
3:30-5:00 PM Keynote Address
The Champlain Room, Center for Communication & Creative Media
Free and open to the public
Watch our recording of Marcus Wicker's Keynote: https://www.youtube.com/
For this year's Keynote event we are pleased to welcome award-winning poet Marcus Wicker to campus. The presentation is a hybrid of poetry reading and discussion of the influence of Langston Hughes' work—specifically "A Dream Deferred"—on Dr. King's writing and oratory. Wicker will also highlight the ways in which the act of writing poetry can be used as a powerful tool for nonviolent protest and, more than that, a timeless vessel for hope. Wicker has a unique perspective, style, and voice that stems from his background as a black man who was born into academia, raised in the Midwest, and surrounded by an array of close white friends. Wicker's bold, accessible, and pop culture-driven poetry pulses with an infectious, underlying hip-hop beat.
Wicker has published two collections, Silencer and Maybe the Saddest Thing. He is a National Poetry Series winner and the recipient of the Ruth Lilly Fellowship, Cave Canem Fellowship, and The Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship awards. His work has appeared in The Nation, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Oxford American, and Boston Review, among other magazines. He serves as an assistant professor in the Department of English, at the University of Memphis and is the poetry editor of the Southern Indiana Review.