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Uptown Hall: MLK and the Fierce Urgency of Now!

In Collaboration with March on Washington Film Festival

WNYC and the Apollo Theater presented the 15th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, “MLK and the Fierce Urgency of Now,” as part of the Apollo’s Uptown Hall series, on Monday, January 18 at 3pm.

This year’s digital version of the MLK Apollo Uptown Hall will unpack the implications of the 2020 US Presidential Election through the prisms of civil rights and modern day social justice movements. Join WNYC’s co-hosts Brian Lehrer, Jami Floyd and The Takeaway’s Tanzina Vega as we present in-depth interviews and narrative exploration with political leaders, authors, artists, and activists, to examine Dr. Martin Luther King’s civil rights philosophy, tactics, challenges and triumphs within the lens of today’s social and political climate.



Congressman James E. Clyburn

Congressman James E. Clyburn

Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina

Reverend Dr. William Barber, II

Reverend Dr. William Barber, II

President of Repairers of the Breach and Co-Chair of The Poor People’s Campaign

Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr.

Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr.

Civil Rights activist and Co-Founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

Nikole Hannah-Jones

Nikole Hannah-Jones

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and creator of The New York Times’ 1619 Project

Letitia James

Letitia James

Attorney General for the State of New York

Dr. Uche Blackstock

Dr. Uche Blackstock

Yahoo! News Medical Contributor and Founder & CEO of Advancing Health Equity

Dr. Jeff Gardere

Dr. Jeff Gardere

Associate Professor of Behavioral Medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

Queen Afua

Queen Afua

Five-time best-selling author and CEO of the Queen Afua Wellness Center

Leslé Honoré

Leslé Honoré

Blaxican artist and activist, who will read from her book of poems Fist & Fire

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