Anti-racist activist Tim Wise delivered the keynote address at Wesleyan’s Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jan. 31 in Memorial Chapel.
Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. Named one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World,” by Utne Reader, Wise has spoken in all 50 states, on over 800 college and high school campuses, and to community groups across the nation.
Between 1962 and 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Wesleyan four times. In 1964, he received an honorary degree and delivered the baccalaureate sermon during commencement.
Also in honor of MLK celebrations, the Wesleyan community was invited to participate in a community discussion of “Access, Equity and Inclusion: How Are You Living the Dream?”
Events include talks on Martin Luther King Jr. at Wesleyan, the Civil Rights Movement at Wesleyan, Race and Religion, Exploring Students of Color Leadership Narratives, a screening of the film Cracking the Code: The System of Racial Inequality, a creative identity workshop, a Civil Rights Landmarks display and more.
The Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was sponsored by Academic Affairs, the Department of African American Studies, the Anthropology Department, the Office of Diversity and Institutional Partnerships, the English Department, the Government Department, Human Resources, the Office of Residential Life, the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development, the Division of Student Affairs and the Wesleyan Student Assembly. (Photos by Hannah Norman ’16)