Martin Luther King, Jr. Series


Each academic year, the RISD community works together to organize and host a series of special events honoring the life and vast contributions made by Martin Luther King, Jr. in creating a more just and democratic society. The annual series includes lectures, programs and workshops designed to provide RISD and the local community with meaningful moments of service, reflection, self-development, inspiration and celebration.


Ambassador Andrew Young

 2015–16 MLK Keynote + Honoree

Tim Wise  
 Friday, January 22
7 pm | RISD Auditorium

An esteemed civil rights activist, Andrew Young, Jr. will speak about his experiences working with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1960s and upholding peace and justice through his work as a pastor and politician. After serving as a US Congressman from 1977­–79, he was appointed US Ambassador to the United Nations by President Jimmy Carter and went on to serve as mayor of Atlanta, GA from 1982–90. Through his leadership, vision and integrity, Young has worked to facilitate change throughout his life, focusing on eradicating poverty, racism and war. 


Admission is free but please reserve
a seat in advance 
via this link


Faith Ringgold

 Faith Ringgold: More than 60 Years

Tim Wise
 Wednesday, April 13
7 pm | RISD Auditorium

Artist, activist, author and teacher Faith Ringgold will share inspiring, humorous and very human stories illustrating her life’s work. Through political imagery and first-hand accounts of the civil rights movement of the 1960s, she will contextualize her immense body of work and reflect on how artists and designers use creativity and making to advance the values of democracy, equity and access for all.




MLK 2015–16 events

Monday, October 19 | Tim Wise | Privilege and the Harms of Inequity, a conversation with faculty, 8:30–10 am

Monday, October 19 | Tim Wise | Privilege and the Harms of Inequity, a conversation with staff, 12–2 pm

Monday, October 19 | Tim Wise | Uprooting Privilege: Leadership Responsibility in a World of Institutional Inequality, 7–8:30 pm

Saturday, January 16 | MLK celebration dinner, 5–6:30 pm

Saturday, January 16 | MLK celebration concert, 6:30–8 pm

Monday, January 18 | MLK Day of Service, 8:30 am– 2:30 pm

Friday, January 22 | Ambassador Andrew Young | MLK keynote address, 7–9 pm

Wednesday, April 13 | Faith Ringgold | Faith Ringgold: More Than 60 Years, 7–9 pm



previous MLK series coverage
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