2017 Event Details
Date: Monday, Jan. 16, 2017
Seating begins at 1 p.m.
Program begins at 1:15 p.m.
Location: Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, Princeton University. (Alexander Hall is located behind Nassau Presbyterian Church, opposite Palmer Square on Nassau Street.)
Princeton commemorated the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with its annual King Day celebration on Monday, Jan. 18, in Richardson Auditorium of Alexander Hall. The event, which was free and open to the public, began at 1:15 p.m. with musical selections by the Trenton Trenton Central High School Inspirational Choir.
Wesley L. Harris *68, the Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and House Master of New House Residence Hall at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, delivered the keynote address. Harris has served in a number of roles during his tenure at MIT including Associate Provost and Head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. His academic research associated with unsteady aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, rarefied gas dynamics, sustainment of capital assets, and chaos in sickle cell disease resulted in seminal contributions in each of these research fields. Professor Harris earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia in 1964, and Masters of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton University in 1966 and 1968, respectively and has been awarded several honorary doctorate degrees.
This year, the University recognized the Princeton Hidden Minority Council with the MLK Day Journey Award for Special Achievement in recognition of their efforts to support, advocate for, and share the stories of low-income and first-generation students at Princeton. The Journey Award recognizes members of the Princeton faculty, staff or student body who best represents King's continued journey.
The webcast of this and previous King Day events are available in the archives of Media Central. The annual celebration is convened and coordinated by the Office of the Provost and the Office of Human Resources.