MLK'S MARCH CONTINUES
WNYC marked Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with two events in Fiscal Year 2015. On January 15, WNYC hosted an evening of music, poetry and dance in The Greene Space called “Movement: A Celebration Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” The event explored the role of movement in activism and featured dancer, choreographer, and visual artist Dister; poet and actress Liza Jessie Peterson; singer and activist Maya Azucena; and Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, along with other artists.
On Sunday, January 18, The Apollo Theater was sold out for an exploration of life in America after the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. As part of “Hear Our Voice, Count Our Votes: MLK’s March Continues,” WNYC’s Brian Lehrer and MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry led engaging conversations featuring community leaders, commentators, campaigners and elected representatives. Featured guests included Congressman Charles Rangel, comedian and author Baratunde Thurston, activist Rita Bender, and urban revitalization strategist Majora Carter. The program also featured special performances by Alyson Williams and Refining Faith. This was WNYC’s ninth annual community event celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.