Skip to content

MLK Luncheon kicks off Heritage Month

Keith Boykin will kick off Emerson’s African American Heritage Month.

Several noted speakers will take part in Emerson’s African American Heritage Month, which kicks off Wednesday, January 23, with the Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common.

Keith Boykin, best-selling author, media commentator, and former special assistant to President Bill Clinton, will address the luncheon that day. (RSVP required at

CNN anchor Don Lemon will deliver a keynote speech at the Semel Theater on Tuesday, February 26, to close the month of activities.

On Tuesday, February 5, Sudan civil war survivor John Bul Dau will hold a question-and-answer session in the Bright Family Screening Room following a screening of the 2006 documentary God Grew Tired of Us, which follows Bul Dau’s true story as an orphan in the civil war, traveling barefoot across the sub-Saharan desert. The film won the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award.

Emerson’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and GLBTQ Resources has organized the events for this year’s African American Heritage Month.

The month’s theme is “We are the Black Diaspora.” Through speeches, screenings, and live theater, presenters will explain the history of African natives worldwide and their increasing influence on global society today.

Here is a list of events:

  • Wednesday, January 23, 12:00–2:00 pm: Keith Boykin at the Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common. (RSVP required at with full name, Emerson ID number and any dietary restrictions. One ticket per Emerson community member.)
  • Tuesday, February 5, 7:00–9:00 pm: John Bul Dau takes questions following the screening of God Grew Tired of Us at the Bright Family Screening Room.
  • Thursday, February 7, 7:00 pm: In Search of O, a theater production by actor Chrystee Pharris ’98, at the Cabaret.
  • Friday, February 8, 7:00 pm: Apron Full of Beans, a theater production, at the Cabaret.
  • Monday, February 11, 7:00 pm: Black Monologues, a theater production, at the Cabaret.
  • Thursday, February 14, 7:00 pm: Black Family Structure, a panel lecture and question-and-answer session, in the Multipurpose Room.
  • Thursday, February 21, 7:00 pm: The African Diaspora, a panel lecture and question-and-answer session, in the Multipurpose Room.
  • Sunday, February 24, 6:00 pm: Soul Full Experience, a soul food dinner and discussion, in the Cultural Center, Campus Center Room L156.
  • Tuesday, February 26, 7:00 pm: Don Lemon: Journalist, Author, Anchor, Activist, a lecture and question-and-answer session with the CNN anchor, at the Semel Theater.

Don Lemon, journalist and activist
(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)



Leave a Reply