Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events to Include Speaker Ibram X. Kendi

Ibram X. Kendi

We invite the NC State community to attend the following Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events. Seating may be limited; please arrive early.

Speaker: Ibram X. Kendi

Ibram X. KendiNC State’s 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Campus Commemoration will bring National Book Award Winner Ibram X. Kendi to Stewart Theatre 1:30 – 3 p.m., Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. The talk is open to students, faculty and staff.

Kendi is professor and founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University and a 2016 National Book Award Winner for Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. His newest book, How to Be an Antiracist, examines racial inequalities from many vantage points, including the personal, the social and the academic.

Gallery Presentation: Jason Miller

Jason MillerJason Miller will present “When MLK and the KKK Met in Raleigh” 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 in Witherspoon Cinema. A gallery opening and reception will follow in the African American Cultural Center Art Gallery on the second floor of Witherspoon Student Center.

Miller is a professor of English at NC State and a 2019-20 scholar-in-residence in the African American Cultural Center. In his King’s First Dream project, Miller published the first known recording of King’s 1962 speech in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, in which he previewed some of the themes of the seminal 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C. The speech is now online at

  • Registration is not required.

Virtual MLK Experience at Hunt Library

Hunt Library virtual reality experienceOn Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, NC State researchers, led by Victoria Gallagher, will immerse community members in one of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s most iconic speeches. King delivered this speech (originally titled “A Creative Protest” but later referred to by King and others as “Fill Up the Jails”) on Feb. 16, 1960 at White Rock Baptist Church in Durham.

The Virtual MLK (vMLK) event will take audiences back in time by leveraging the library’s 270-degree visualization capabilities, allowing you to virtually walk around the historic sanctuary, hear a re-creation of King’s speech and virtually sit with congregation members. Events at the Hunt Library will include a choral performance, family activities, guided tours and a community discussion on advocacy.

Join us for these exciting activities, tours and discussions. Experience the speech, reflect on King’s words and celebrate his legacy.

  • Registration is not required.