The 2021 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium, featuring Dr. Jelani Cobb

“Cashing Our Promissory Note: Race, Justice, and Reparation”

Location: Online

Date: February 3, 2021

Time: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Sponsor: Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Chief Diversity Officer, the Tisch College of Civic Life, the University Chaplaincy, the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, and the Africana Center at Tufts University

Cost: Free, but please register

Ttile of presentation "Cashing our Promissory note" along with Martin Luther KIng jr. portrait and quote

The 2021 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium will focus on the theme of “Cashing Our Promissory Note: Race, Justice, and Reparation,” based on the powerful excerpt from the Rev. Dr. King's speech at the March on Washington in 1963. Author, historian, and journalist, Jelani Cobb, will give the keynote address at this year’s symposium. Cobb is the Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia University as well as staff writer for The New Yorker, where he writes about race, politics, and injustice. He is well known for his prominently featured role in Ava DuVernay’s Oscar-nominated documentary "13th" about the mass incarceration of Black Americans. He is also the author of several books, including "Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress," "To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic," and "The Devil & Dave Chappelle and Other Essays." Cobb was the producer and correspondent of PBS Frontline’s investigative series "Policing the Police," for which he was awarded the Walter Bernstein Award from the Writer’s Guild of America in 2017.

This event is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Chief Diversity Officer, the Tisch College of Civic Life, the University Chaplaincy, the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, and the Africana Center at Tufts University. Every year, event sponsors work with a committee of faculty, staff, and students to organize Tufts University's Martin Luther King, Jr. Observances. Together, the committee develops programming that celebrates, reflects on, and seeks to continue the work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.