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WNYC® Radio, in conjunction with The Brooklyn Museum
and Akila Worksongs, Inc.
LOOKING FOR MARTIN:
Are Dr. King and His 'Dream' Still Relevant?
Activist / Author Kevin Powell and WNYC Host
Multi-Cultural Conversation with Generation X and Y New Yorkers
About the Leader and His Legacy
Free and Open to the Public
What is Dr. King’s legacy in the post-Civil Rights era?
The US Supreme Court is poised to hear challenges to voluntary public school integration plans in
Is this where Dr. King envisioned that we, as a nation, would be in 2007?
WNYC, New York Public Radio®, in conjunction with the Brooklyn Museum and Akila Worksongs, Inc., presents “LOOKING FOR MARTIN: Are Dr. King and His Dream Still Relevant?,” a day of conversation, poetry and song that will explore how his message translates to people of all ages and races in the 21st century.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Kevin Powell, Brooklyn-based community activist and author (Someday
We’ll All Be Free), who speaks frequently around the country, often on Dr. King and his work
PANEL DISCUSSION: With multi-ethnic and cross-generational leaders and thinkers, including:
widely-read op-ed on the Sean Bell shooting “Whites Should See the Shooting
Through Black Lens” aired on WNYC and ran in the Daily News
Marinieves Alba, Activist, Educator, Writer, and Media professional who uses
the arts and culture as a platform for inspiring and creating social change
Jin Hee Lee, Staff Attorney at
civil rights law firm that provides community lawyering in the areas of
disability rights, environmental justice, and access to health care
Coordinator for UrbanWord NYC
DISCUSSION TOPICS: Poverty in post-Katrina
and what Dr. King’s “dream” can mean to people of color, women, the poor,
and gays and lesbians, regardless of race.
LIVE PERFORMANCES BY: Toni Blackman, rapper, and Baba Israel, rapper and beatboxer,
accompanied by Yako, Vocal Percussionist, and Dalmar James, Jr.,
Universes, an acapella spoken word and theater ensemble
*Plus a special Dr. King speech and sound montage produced by DJ Reborn, hip-hop theater musical director, and featured deejay on the national tour of Russell Simmons' Tony Award-winning Broadway show Def Poetry Jam
Powell conceived “LOOKING FOR MARTIN,” out of a desire to produce a celebration truly reflective of the diversity of cultures and ideas of
“Dr. King is, without question, one of the most important and courageous figures in American and world history,” said Kevin Powell, “It is a delight to produce an event in his honor with WNYC, the
WNYC, New York Public Radio, is
The Brooklyn Museum, housed in a 560,000-square-foot, Beaux-Arts building, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the country. It’s world-renowned permanent collections range from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and represents a wide range of cultures. Only a 30-minute subway ride from midtown
Akila Worksongs, Inc. is a service company in the arts and entertainment field. It has three areas of expertise: artist representation (which includes a speakers' bureau), communications (public relations, media, and marketing), and consulting (event planning, project management, cultural programming). April R. Silver founded the company in April 1993. In October 1998, encouraged by family and friends, Ms. Silver left her marketing job (at a community health center in Brooklyn) in order to run AKILA WORKSONGS full time.