The Fierce Urgency of Now - Tufts MLK Symposium @ Tufts University, Medford [22 January]

The Fierce Urgency of Now - Tufts MLK Symposium

15:00 - 19:30

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Tufts University
Medford, Massachusetts 02155
Refreshments starting at 3 pm.

Dinner at 5:45 pm.

Each year, Tufts University hosts a celebration honoring the life and work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This afternoon symposium on civil rights will open with a performance by the Tufts Black Theater Troupe. Dr. Kerri Greenidge, Co-Director of the Tufts African American Freedom Trail Project, will then place our current moment in historical context. Next, a conversation with Boston-based community organizers and activists will discuss how this contemporary moment is shaping their work at the local and national levels.

Panelists include Chris Cato of YouthBuild USA, Cheryl Clyburn Crawford of MassVOTE, and recently-elected Boston City Councilor, Lydia Edwards. We will then conclude with a community dinner and keynote lecture from Tufts alumnus Emery Wright, A99. Wright is the Co-Director of Project South (, and he will address the importance of action in, “the fierce urgency of now.”

Outline of the Day

3-3:30 pm – Community Coffee, Tea, and Refreshments

3:30-3:45 pm – Welcome Remarks

3:45-4 pm – Performance by Tufts Black Theater Troupe

4-4:15 pm – Historical Context by Dr. Kerri Greenidge, Co-Director, African American Freedom Trail Project, Department of History, and the Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora.

4:30-5:45 pm – Conversation with Boston-Based Organizers and Activists

Chris Cato, Green Initiative Project Manager, YouthBuild USA
Cheryl Clyburn Crawford, Executive Director, MassVOTE
Lydia Edwards, Boston City Councilor

5:45-6:15 pm – Dinner

6:15-7:15 pm – Keynote Speaker, Emery Wright, A99, Co-Director, Project South

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