The Martin Luther King day event “MLK Now,” which will celebrate and honor the life of historic leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and explore how his message and vision continue to resonate today, also will welcome Tony Award-winner Anika Noni Rose and Tessa Thompson to the stage to perform speeches.
Creed writer-director Ryan Coogler is set to join hip-hop artist J. Cole, Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi and others in a panel that will address human-rights issues including police violence, racial and social injustice and economic inequality, among other topics. The event also will feature spoken-word and music performances.
Ava DuVernay, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and David Oyelowo are among the members of Blackout for Human Rights, which is comprised of a network of artists, entertainers, advocates, spiritual leaders, educators and everyday citizens who are committing their collective resources toward addressing human-rights violations in the U.S.
“MLK Now” is set to take place Monday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Harlem’s Riverside Church, where Dr. King gave the speech, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence,” in 1967.