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