Theme: “Now, More Than Ever.”
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
Schwab Auditorium, January 22, 2015
“Pharaoh and Moses: The Radical Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Age of Obama.” This lecture addressed the continuities and conflicts between the prophetic legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the presidential legacy of Barack Obama. Using his recent books and essays on Dr. King and President Obama as well as national events in Ferguson and beyond as a starting point, Dr. Dyson addressed their similarities, differences, and the clashing and confused expectations of Obama in light of his identification with Dr. King’s life and rhetoric.
Designer: Meaghan Lee Cafferty, Junior Graphic Design Student
“My interpretation of this year’s MLK Commemoration theme ‘Now, More Than Ever’ focuses on proactive energy. The time for change is now. To visually express this, I designed a series of watches in different colors, shapes, and styles but all of them have the same message: the time is now. We can’t wait for change, we must be the change. The time is now, more than ever.”