Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Race, and Post-Election America: The Fulfillment of the Dream?

Date: 1/23/2009
Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map

As New York University celebrates its 4th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week with the theme of "Connect, Collaborate and Change", the Black Student Alliance of the New York University, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service would like to invite you to a candid discussion about the progress President elect Obama has made, the promise he represents and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Have we fulfilled Dr. King’s dream?  Students will lead discussion with our select speakers as we collectively examine specific questions like:

- What does Dr. King’s Dream Speech mean to us today? What does his vision translate to in 2009? How can we hold ourselves accountable to fulfilling it?
- Has the election of President elect of Obama fulfilled Dr. King’s dream?
- If not, where do we, "as community", need to go from here? What would Dr. King want for communities of color and the nation to do in effort to help support the agenda of the President elect?
- How has President-elect Obama used Dr. King’s vision of hope (vs. fear) during the presidential election? How can we utilize the power of hope in our own professions as change makers?
- How has this election impacted you? What are the implications professionally and personally? What does this election represent for us as a society?

- Rogan Kersh, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, NYU Wagner
- David Levering Lewis, American historian and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography
 Charlton McIlwain, Assistant Professor of Culture and Communication at NYU’s School of Culture, Education and Human Development
- Nicole Mason, Executive Director, Women of Color Policy Network at NYU Wagner
 Katherine M. O'Regan, Associate Professor of Public Policy, and Director of the Public, NYU Wagner

Join us for hors d'oeuvres and wine as we celebrate the history of Dr. King, President-elect Obama, and make plans for the future!