2018 Community MLK Events – Tickets Available at Church

The wider community is invited to hear:
Rev. Robert W. Lee, IV
the 2018 MLK Convocation Speaker at Saint Michael’s College
Monday, January 22, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. at the Saint Michael’s College Chapel

“The Cost of Silence:
Asserting our Responsibility in the Face of Injustice and Oppression”   

   Robert Lee IV, a direct descendant of Robert E. Lee, the Civil War general whose statue was at the center of violence in Charlottesville, is a pastor, is an author, activist, commentator, writer, and preacher. Lee is a native of Statesville, North Carolina and graduate of Duke University Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. He has preached extensively across the nation on the Christian ethics of personal responsibility, repentance, and racial reconciliation.   Learn more HERE.


UVM’s 2018 MLK Keynote Speaker: Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

Tuesday, January 23  |   4:00pm – 5:30pm  |  Ira Allen Chapel

(Tickets are required and are free.  To reserve one of the tickets available through First Congregational Church – please email us or call the Church Office – 802-862-5010.  Tickets are also available at UVM and other community outlets – learn more HERE. See complete UVM MLK Calendar event details HERE.)

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is one of the leading intellectual voices in the country.

He is currently the host of BET News and a political contributor for CNN. An award-winning journalist, Dr. Hill has received numerous prestigious awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Hill is the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple University. Prior to that, he held positions at Columbia University and Morehouse College. Since his days as a youth in Philadelphia, Dr. Hill has been a social justice activist and organizer. He is a founding board member of My5th, a non-profit organization devoted to educating youth about their legal rights and responsibilities. He is also a board member and organizer of the Philadelphia Student Union. Dr. Hill also works closely with the ACLU Drug Reform Project, focusing on drug informant policy. Over the past few years, he has actively worked on campaigns to end the death penalty and to release numerous political prisoners.

Ebony Magazine has named him one of America’s 100 most influential Black leaders.

Dr. Hill is the author or co-author of four books: the award-winning Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity; The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black life in America; the New York Times bestseller Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on The Vulnerable from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond; and Gentrifier. He has also published two edited books: Media, Learning, and Sites of Possibility; and Schooling Hip-Hop: New Directions in Hip-Hop Based Education.

Trained as an anthropologist of education, Dr. Hill holds a Ph.D. (with distinction) from the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the intersections between culture, politics, and education in the United States and the Middle East.

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