Dr. Julianne Malveaux, labor economist, author, and commentator, who has shared her candid views on television stations ranging from PBS to MSNBC to Fox News, will speak at the 31th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at University of Puget Sound (UPS).
This free event — to honor the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., America’s Nobel Prize-winning 1960s civil rights leader – will take place on Tues., Jan. 17 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in UPS’ Schneebeck Concert Hall.
Described by author and activist Cornel West as “the most iconoclastic public intellectual in the country,” Malveaux embraces views on race, culture, gender, and economics that are helping shape public opinion in 21st-century America.
UPS President Isiaah Crawford will address the audience and introduce Julianne Malveaux. Attendees also will hear from Shannon Woods, president of the Puget Sound Black Student Union, and Noah Lumbantobing, president of Associated Students of the University of Puget Sound. The song Lift Every Voice and Sing—often referred to as the “Black American National Anthem”—will be sung.
In addition the annual Keep Living the Dream Award will be presented to a Puget Sound campus member(s) who has shown commitment to work important to Rev. King, such as diversity and inclusion, justice, peace, and connecting spirituality and civic engagement.
Keynote speaker Julianne Malveaux’s popular writing has appeared in USA Today, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Ms. magazine, Essence, and The Progressive. Her weekly column appears in newspapers across the country, including the Tacoma True Citizen and The Seattle Medium. She has hosted television and radio programs, and appeared as a commentator on networks including CNN, BET, PBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, MSNBC, and CNBC, among others.
During her five years as president of Bennett College (2007–12), Malveaux was the architect of an innovative transformation at America’s oldest historically black college for women, including the identification of four areas of focus for students: women’s leadership, entrepreneurship, excellence in communications, and global awareness.
Since receiving her doctoral degree in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980, Malveaux has taught at institutions including San Francisco State University; University of California, Berkeley; Michigan State University; and Howard University. A native San Franciscan, she sits on the board of the Economic Policy Institute and is president and founder of the Economic Education Institute, a nonprofit headquartered in Washington, D.C., that aims to bring economic education to the public.
The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. No tickets are required.