MLK Symposium – An Evening with Benjamin Jealous
Monday, January 23 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at UW-Madison and Virtual
This is an in-person event that will also be streamed online. The keynote will be followed by a moderated Q&A and the program will conclude with a reception. The live stream will not be available after the event is over. Register for virtual access here.
Join in community for an evening with Benjamin Jealous, a social entrepreneur, changemaker, and former NAACP president. Jealous will reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., through the lens of his work as a civil rights leader, former investigative journalist, and educator.
The former investigative journalist and Rhodes Scholar has dedicated his life to bringing people together, building diverse coalitions for change, and holding government leaders accountable to the needs of everyday people.
Jealous, who was recently chosen to be the seventh executive director of the Sierra Club, was one of the youngest presidents in NAACP history. He has also served as president of the Rosenberg Foundation, founding director of Amnesty International’s U.S. Human Rights Program, and executive director of the National Newspaper Publishers Association — the largest trade association of African-American owned newspapers. In Mississippi, Jealous was editor of the Jackson Advocate newspaper and a NAACP community organizer. He started his career in civil rights at age 18, working in the mailroom of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
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