2015 Event Details
Date: Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
Seating begins at 1 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. 20, in Richardson Auditorium of Alexander Hall. The event, which was free and open to the public, began at 1 p.m. with musical selections by Princeton High School’s award-winning Princeton Studio Band under the direction of Joe Bongiovi.
Omar Wasow, an assistant professor in the Department of Politics, delivered the keynote address. Wasow specializes in race and American political development, the political economy of education, and the intersection of social media and politics . A 1992 graduate of Stanford University, he earned master’s degrees in Government and Statistics as well as a Ph.D. in African American Studies all from Harvard University. Prior to joining the academy, Wasow co-founded BlackPlanet.com and the Brooklyn Excelsior Charter School.
Also featured was a compelling recitation by Deon Bullard, Jr., a sophomore at Northern Burlington County High School and a member of the New Jersey Orators, of an excerpt from “I Am Prepared To Die,” Nelson Mandela’s speech during his trial in 1964.
During the program, the University presented the MLK Day Journey Award for Lifetime Service to Larry A. Spruill, Housing Area Coordinator in Housing and Real Estate Services. The Journey Award recognizes a member 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.