2015 MLK Celebration Series & Keynote


Due to inclement weather the keynote address has been moved to Friday January 30.  The event will still begin at 7pm with doors opening at 6pm.

If you have already acquired a ticket you will receive special instructions shortly on how to re-validate your seat(s). This must be done to insure that you still have a valid ticket.

If you have not yet received a ticket, and would still like to attend, there are a limited number of seats still available.  You can acquire those by clicking here.

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It is with great excitement and a sense of honor that  the MLK Series Planning Committee announces the RISD 2015 keynote speaker:

Danny Glover
Creativity and Democracy: Social Change through the Arts
Wednesday, January 28, 2014
7pm in the RISD Auditorium

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Each January the RISD community hosts the MLK Series including programs, events, and workshops that provide the RISD and local community with impactful moments of service, reflection, self-development, inspiration, and celebration.

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Lecture serves as the hallmark of the MLK Series.  The lecture honors the vast contributions of Dr. King toward creating a more just and democratic society and highlights the role of creative endeavors in advancing democracy and equity.

Through the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Lecture RISD acknowledges an individual whose legacy of service and commitment to justice has made an indelible difference.

With a portfolio of work grounded in community advancement and socially responsible art making, Mr. Glover clearly demonstrates these qualities.  From his early life as both a student activist and community developer, to his more recent activities centered around advocacy for economic justice and a call for greater access to both healthcare and educational programs across the United States and Africa, Glover has assembled an impressive legacy of philanthropy and humanitarianism. Through a career that has tirelessly marched toward creating a culture of social responsibility, equality, and justice Danny Glover has exemplified what it means to use hard work, success, and artistic expression as platforms for instilling greater social awareness and action in individuals and communities.

The Rhode Island School of Design looks forward to hosting Danny Glover and recognizes the unique opportunity this moment presents to learn from his extraordinary life and vast contributions to Dr. King’s legacy. To learn more about Danny Glover’s accomplished life and how he uses art as a tool for social change please click here.

We will announce details on all 2015 MLK Series opportunities shortly.  Please see the side panel and below links for additional information. If you have any immediate questions please feel free to contact anyone from the committee.

The 2015 MLK Planning Committee

Tony Johnson – Intercultural Student Engagement
Andy Jacques – Center for Student Involvement
Tracie Costantino – Academic Affairs
Ginnie Dunleavy – Retail and Dining
Greg Victory – Continuing Education
Emma Montague – Intercultural Student Engagement

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MLK Opening Celebration Dinner, 5:00pm-8:00pm, Portfolio Cafe,
15 Westminster St.
MLK Opening Concert,
RISD Fleet Library,
15 Westminster St.

MLK Day of Service,
MLK Elementary School,
35 Camp St.

featuring Camilo Viveiros: “Martin, Ella, and Cesar – Learning from Movement Leadership,”
RISD Tap Room,
226 Benefit St.(4th Fl)

Event Details TBD:Film screening featuring the work of Danny Glover

Event Details TBD: Student produced event around the spirit of Dr. King

Lecture featuring Tim Wise: “Uprooting Privilege -Leadership Responsibilities in a World of Institutional Inequality,”
RISD Chace Center,
20 North Main St.

Keynote Address featuringDanny Glover: “Creativity and Democracy – Social Change through the Arts,”
RISD Auditorium,
17 Canal St.



Danny Glover, Martin Luther King, MLK Series

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