Date: 01/18/2015

Time: 3:00 pm

Location: The Apollo Theater (253 W. 125th St., Manhattan)

Price: Free, RSVP required

Presented as part of the Apollo Theater’s Uptown Hall series, WNYC brings its annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration uptown. This year’s event will explore the 50 years since the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. WNYC’s Brian Lehrer and MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry will guide us through the past half-century and explore the significant moments leading to today’s democratic landscape in America. This year’s event will also honor the legacies of the great civil rights leaders who we lost last year: Maya Angelou, Ruby Dee, and Yuri Kochiyama. Featuring: HOSTS Brian Lehrer, Host, The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC Melissa Harris-Perry, Host, The Melissa Harris-Perry Show on MSNBC PANELISTS Dante Barry - Director, Million Hoodies Movement for Justice Rita T. Bender - Lawyer, civil rights activists and educator, and wife of Michael Schwerner, who was murdered along with James Chaney and Andrew Goodman by the KKK in Mississippi in June 1964 Majora Carter - Social entrepreneur, urban revitalization strategist at Majora Carter Group Janai Nelson - Associate Director - Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund Darryl Pinckney - Author of Black Balled: The Black Vote and US Democracy Hon. Charles B. Rangel - U.S. Representative for New York's 13th congressional district Michael Skolnik - President, Baratunde Thurston - Co-host of Pivot TV's TakePart Live, CEO and co-founder of Cultivated Wit, author of How to Be Black

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