Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration

Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration

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Tirey Hall, Tilson Auditorium




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You are cordially invited to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Reception and Keynote on Friday, January 20, 2023. The reception will begin at 6:00pm in the Heritage Ballroom and Keynote Address will begin at 7:00pm in Tilson Auditorium. This year MLK Celebration Keynote will be Carole Anderson. Following her keynote address we will have a book signing and meet and greet. We are excited to host her here on ISU campus in celebrating the leadership, social justice and activism of Dr. King.

About Carole Anderson
Bestselling author of the books White Rage; One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy and The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America

Carol is a preeminent historian of African American history and an Influential voice of civil and voting rights, Carol helps audiences understand oppression through a historical context, and gives audiences ways to better society moving forward.

Carol Anderson is professor of African American Studies at Emory University. She is the author of several bestselling books including The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America (2020), One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy (2018) and the critically-acclaimed #1 bestseller White Rage (2016).

In 2019, Carol contributed an essay to the New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project, an award-winning reframing of American history that placed slavery and its continuing legacy at the center of our national narrative (now available as a book).

Professor Anderson is also the author of Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African-American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955 (Cambridge University Press), which was awarded both the Gustavus Myers and Myrna Bernath Book Awards. Her book Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation,1941-1960 was published by Cambridge in 2014.

Her research has garnered substantial fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Foundation, National Humanities Center, Harvard University, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

She has also served on working groups dealing with race at Stanford’s Center for Applied Science and Behavioral Studies, the Aspen Institute, and the United Nations. In addition, based on the strength and accessibility of her research, the leadership at Amnesty International, USA, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Ford Foundation, and others have used Eyes Off the Prize to frame and examine their human rights work in the United States.

This has also led to sought after commentary in Foreign Policy, the Washington Post, and CNN.com that places contemporary issues dealing with race, human rights, and politics in a historical perspective. Her Washington Post op-ed, “White Rage,” was the most widely shared for the paper in 2014.

Professor Anderson was a member of the U.S. State Department’s Historical Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute and the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative.