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MLK Symposium - An Evening with Benjamin Jealous 

January 23, 2023  5:30pm CST

Join UW–Madison Student Affairs and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement for an evening of reflection on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with Benjamin Jealous, social entrepreneur, changemaker, and former NAACP president.

This registration is for virtual access only.  If you would prefer to attend the in person event in Shannon Hall at UW-Madison's Memorial Union there are no tickets or registration necessary.  Doors to the venue will open at 5:00 pm for general admission seating and the event will begin at 5:30 pm.  Live captioning and sign language interpreting will be provided for both the in-person and virtual viewing, and the venue is wheelchair accessible.

This event will be available to watch live, it will not be available for on demand viewing after the live event has ended. 

About this Event


Join in community for an evening with Benjamin Todd Jealous, a social entrepreneur, changemaker, and former NAACP president. The former investigative journalist and Rhodes Scholar has dedicated his life to bringing people together, building diverse coalitions for change, and holding government leaders accountable to the needs of everyday people.

Jealous was one of the youngest presidents in NAACP history. He has also served as president of the Rosenberg Foundation, founding director of Amnesty International’s U.S. Human Rights Program, and executive director of the National Newspaper Publishers Association — the largest trade association of African-American owned newspapers. In Mississippi, Jealous was editor of the Jackson Advocate newspaper and a NAACP community organizer. He started his career in civil rights at age 18, working in the mailroom of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

About the MLK Symposium

Student Affairs and the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement annually host a campus speaker in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The speaker each year is asked to provide their reflections on the legacy of MLK and to discuss how their work or experience connects to this. Recent event speakers have included astronaut Mae Jemison, MD, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Nikole Hannah-Jones.