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“We Shall Overcome” Theme of Martin Luther King Celebration Jan. 30

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at a College of Social Studies luncheon in 1964 and addressed a student rally later that day. 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at a College of Social Studies luncheon in 1964 and addressed a student rally later that day. He also delivered the Class of 1964 baccalaureate sermon and received an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity from Wesleyan.

“We shall overcome: How far have we come?” was the theme of Wesleyan’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration.

All members of the Wesleyan and greater Middletown community are invited to a panel presentation and discussion to explore various perspectives about the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City to commemorate the life, civil rights and social justice legacy that Dr. King has left.

The commemoration will be held in Memorial Chapel at 3:15 p.m., Jan. 30. This is a ticketed, free event. Tickets to the event can be secured at the University Box Office on Jan. 20.

The event will include music

Irizarry Leads Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Jason G. Irizarry led the keynote address at Wesleyan's Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 26 in Memorial Chapel. Irizarry's talk was titled "Living the Dream: Youth Activism and a New Vision for Urban Public Education." Irizarry is assistant professor of multicultural education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Neag School of Education and Faculty Associate in the Institute for Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at the University of Connecticut.

Jason G. Irizarry led the keynote address at Wesleyan's Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 26 in Memorial Chapel. Irizarry's talk was titled "Living the Dream: Youth Activism and a New Vision for Urban Public Education." Irizarry is assistant professor of multicultural education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Neag School of Education and Faculty Associate in the Institute for Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at the University of Connecticut.

Wesleyan President Michael Roth welcomed the audience to the MLK Day Celebration following an excerpt of Dr. Marin Luther King Jr.'s Baccalaureate Address June 7, 1964.

Wesleyan President Michael Roth welcomed the audience to the MLK Day Celebration following an excerpt of Dr. Marin Luther King Jr.'s Baccalaureate Address June 7, 1964.

Wesleyan's Roadside Girls (pictured) and Ebony Singers performed at the celebration. Sonia BasSheva Mañjon, vice president for diversity and strategic partnerships and Maya Odim '10 led reflections at the event.

Wesleyan's Roadside Girls (pictured) and Ebony Singers performed at the celebration. Sonia BasSheva Mañjon, vice president for diversity and strategic partnerships and Maya Odim '10 led reflections at the event.

Cheryl-Ann Hagner, director of university events and scheduling, sings along with the Roadside Girls.  (Photos by Lauren Valentino '10)

Cheryl-Ann Hagner, director of university events and scheduling, sings along with the Roadside Girls. (Photos by Lauren Valentino '10)

Izzary met with students during a luncheon in Usdan University Center prior to his evening talk. (Photo by Stefan Weinberger '10)

Irizarry met with students during a luncheon in Usdan University Center prior to his evening talk. (Photo by Stefan Weinberger '10)