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Filmmaker, Educator to Deliver Keynote at MLK Day Celebration Feb. 1

Shakti Butler

Shakti Butler

Dynamic filmmaker and educator Shakti Butler will be the keynote speaker at Wesleyan’s Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on Friday, Feb. 1. “Diversity University: From Theory to Practice,” is the theme of this year’s daylong commemoration.

Butler, a prominent speaker on racial equity, is the producer of documentaries including The Way Home; Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible, and Light in the Shadows. She is frequently hired by companies seeking a catalyst for change and uses audience participation and often, clips from her films, in her public appearances.

A multiracial African-American woman (African, Arawak Indian and Russian-Jewish), Butler has worked as a bridge-builder and educator for more than 20 years.

Butler received her doctorate from the California Institute of Integral Studies in the School of Transformative Learning and Change. She holds an M.A. in guidance and counseling from Bank Street College of New York and graduated magna cum laude from City College of New York.

Her address, at 3:15 p.m. in Memorial Chapel, caps a day of workshops on racial identity and privilege and screenings of two of Butler’s films, including her newest, “Cracking the Code: The System of Racial Inequality.” Learn more about these events and Wesleyan’s celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. on this website.

Education Reform Advocate Canada Speaks at MLK Celebration

Geoffrey Canada spoke on “Education Reform and Youth Empowerment” during the Martin Luther King Celebration on Jan. 21 in Memorial Chapel. Canada is president and CEO of Harlem Children's Zone, Inc., where he has become nationally recognized for his pioneering work helping children and as a passionate advocate for education reform.

Education Reform, Youth Empowerment Topics of MLK Day Celebration

Geoffrey Canada was the keynote speaker during Wesleyan's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Jan. 21.

“Education Reform and Youth Empowerment was the topic of renowned educator Geoffrey Canada, the featured speaker at this year’s Martin Luther King Celebration on Jan. 21 in Memorial Chapel.

Canada, who was featured in the recent documentary Waiting for Superman, has dedicated the past 20 years of his life to helping the most impoverished, at-risk youth beat the odds. His idea of educational change is predicated on a simple yet radical idea: to change the lives of inner city kids we must simultaneously change their schools, their families, and their neighborhoods. Through programs such as the Beacon School, Community Pride Initiative, Harlem Gems, Harlem Peacemakers, and the Promise Academy, he has developed a network of services that reach most of the 6,500 children and their families living in the Harlem Children’s Zone.

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