Enjoy theatrical performances throughout the night, where Robert Jackson and other performers will perform music, monologues and stories in 3+ African languages while sharing the narratives and perspectives of what blackness and heritage means for those across the diaspora.
Attire: Extremely Classy/ Formal
*Dinner will be served*
Emmett Louis Till was born on July 25, 1941. When he was 14, he went to visit his great-uncle in Mississippi. According to several versions, Emmett whistled at a white woman and others say he grabbed her hand and asked for a date; others say all he did was say "Bye, baby" as he left the store. The play explores the impact of the untimely death of Emmett Till and the powerful ripples of change that transformed America.
This performance will run 55 minutes and will be followed by a discussion on racial injustice in America during Jim Crow compared to today.
The MLK Oratorical Contest is an annual event that provides graduate and doctoral students across the university to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through oratory performance.
Join us this year and watch graduate students across the university perform in the style of oratory (e.g. poetry, speech, song, etc.), reflecting on this year's NYU MLK Week theme: "The Revolution is Now."
This event is open to all NYU graduate students. A prize will be awarded to the winner of the contest.
Revolution as we know it is the combination of what how we have forgotten, and how we have remembered, and what is reimagined. During this event, we hope to search for clarity while we reconcile the complex and multi-layered truth about revolution, particularly forgotten revolutions. Through uncovering revolutionary erasure we hope to engage and empower participants to reimagine the history and truth behind revolution and its relationship to today.
We have a need for an intersectional movement on our hands, and it can not be done without the voices of activists and change agents across all platforms. The essence of our 13th annual NYU MLK Week celebration truly means that we are beyond a time of trying to start a revolution, but rather, are living in a time that needs to be revolutionary.
The highlight of this year's NYU MLK Week will be the University-Wide Event on Thursday, February 8th. The event will feature Oscar Award-winning writer, actor, producer, author, and NYU Grad Film tenured professor, Spike Lee who will be receiving this year's MLK Humanitarian Award. Panelists for the evening will include comedian, actress, writer, and producer, Amanda Seales; model and social activist, Munroe Bergdorf; and The New York Times columnist, author, and political commentator, Charles Blow; in conversation with author, journalist, and television commentator, Clay Cane. With a performance by Amy León, NYU Alum, musician, poet, activist, and educator.
Commemorate the end of MLK Week with an act of service. Sign up to participate in a community service activity, either as an individual, or as part of a university group.
Groups registering will be paired with community service sites on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration deadline is 5PM on Friday, January 26th.
Join NYU Dentistry & NYU Med for a conversation with Dr. Paul Gates, DDS, MBA - OMFS and Dental Director, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, about the history of Black doctors and hopes for the future of medical practitioners of color.
Hosted by the Student National Dental Association @ NYU Dentistry.
Recipient of the 2017 NASPA International, Multicultural, Gender, LGBTQ, Spirituality, Disability, and Related Excellence Award and the 2014 Inaugural Spirituality and Religion in Higher Education Outstanding Spiritual Initiative Award, Faith Zone is a workshop designed to promote spiritual and religious literacy and dialogue. Faith Zone Trainings are a resource for those who desire innovative and participatory training, contextualized resources, and honest dialogue about religion and spirituality. NYU students, faculty, and staff members can participate and become Faith Zone certified.
Session registration is required. Register for this session today.
Hosted by the Office of Global Spiritual Life.
In recent months the Trump administration has cancelled DACA and implemented a new Muslim Travel Ban. ICE is arresting immigrant rights activists across the country, including the Director and Co-director of the NY Sanctuary Coalition, Ravi Ragbir and Jean Montrevil. Many members of our community are at risk due to these policies and actions. It is imperative that NYU staff and faculty as well as public safety personnel and resident assistants know what legal rights and protections apply to staff, faculty and students and how to respond if immigration officials approach them asking for information about staff, students or faculty. Four speakers from the National Immigration Law Center, the New Sanctuary Coalition and DRUM (Desis Rising Up & Moving) will help us learn about the current political and legal situation, and the best strategies and practices to minimize risks to those affected and to show solidarity with them.
Hosted by the NYU Dream Team.
Black History inspired stories told through the arts. More information available HERE.
Hosted by the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions.
On February 13 at 7 PM in Kimmel’s CMEP Lounge, Residential Life & Housing Services’ Committee for Diversity and Inclusion welcomes rap activist Aisha Fukushima to NYU. Aisha founded RAPtivism, which explores the way rap can be used as an empowering outlet to challenge oppression with expression.
Sponsored by Residential Life and Housing Services.
Maya Angelou - Reflections of a Blessed Soul is a documentary film based on an exclusive interview with Maya Angelou in her home in Winston Salem, North Carolina by the multi-award winning filmmakers Hafiz Farid, Shelley Grodner Seidenstein, and Richard Woods. The film offers an intimate portrait of one of the greatest Artists, Poets, Activists, Philosophers and Humanitarians of our time. With a razor sharp memory of events that occurred many decades ago, Dr. Angelou reflects on her unforgettable experiences, and her deep insight into the most controversial and pressing issues of the day. A Q&A follows the screening with the director, Hafiz Farid & executive producer, Shelley Grodner Seidenstein.
Hosted by Othmer Women @ Tandon Floor and Tandon Office of Student Affairs
Today in America, we are witnessing a deeply threatening resurgence in open white supremacist ideologies. From the Trump Administration’s response to neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, to attempts to re-write history and draw a moral equivalency between Confederate and Union principles, long-standing symbols of our Confederate past stand at the center of a contentious battle on the definitions of heritage and hate. Who controls the histories we tell? How do we reconcile these understandings of the American experience? And what can you do to counter racism, and pivot this moment towards a lasting truth and reconciliation with our past?
Sponsored by the NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program at the Leadership Initiative.