Recently, members of the King family called on the nation to commemorate the MLK holiday on January 17, 2022, as a DAY ON. Protecting voter access and expanding voting rights was central to Dr. King’s mission and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. WWU, along with our regional partners, encourages our community to honor the King family’s request to educate, advocate, and activate in support of the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act currently before the U.S. Congress.
This year’s virtual Martin Luther King Day event features a live interview with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi along with other speeches and performances from members of our community. We encourage our community to follow Dr. Bernice King’s advice to learn about America’s historic and current struggle for voting rights. Register to vote or update your address if you haven’t done so. Write or call your congressperson to share your thoughts on this important issue. Most importantly, exercise your right to vote at election time.
We look forward to commemorating Dr. King’s legacy with you by making Jan. 17 a DAY ON to educate, advocate and activate for voting rights.
About Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News racial justice contributor. He is the host of the new action podcast, Be Antiracist.
Dr. Kendi is the author of many highly acclaimed books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, making him the youngest ever winner of that award. He has also produced five straight #1 New York Times bestsellers, including How to Be an Antiracist, Antiracist Baby, and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored by Jason Reynolds.
In 2020, Time magazine named Dr. Kendi one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He was awarded a 2021 MacArthur Fellowship, popularly known as the Genius Grant.