Princeton holds annual celebration of MLK on Monday, January 18

Wesley Harris *68 Princeton University Graduate Alum

Princeton University will hold its annual celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, 1 p.m. on campus in Richardson Auditorium of Alexander Hall.  This year’s inspirational program features keynote speaker and graduate alum Wesley L. Harris *68, the Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration began at Princeton more than two decades ago with undergraduate students organizing an annual observation. Vice President and Secretary Robert K. Durkee became the founding committee convener when the University offered to support the program and make it open to the entire campus and neighboring communities. Since then, the program has been an annual favorite, with its contest for school children, powerful entertainment and with notable speakers including: Charles G. Adams, Daphne Brooks, Janet Dickerson, Marion Wright Edelman, Eddie Glaude, Marvalene Hughes, José Huizar, Van Jones, Randall Kennedy, Wynton Marsalis, Bob Moses, Hugh Price, Mrs. Jackie Robinson, DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., Valerie Smith, and Cornel West.

Princeton University recognizes Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy as a model for those who cherish civil and human rights. We are proud to keep this legacy alive as we stand in the nation’s service and in the service of all nations.