Special Broadcast: The Strategic King On NHPR

Jan 15, 2020

The Strategic King: MLK’s Visionary Leadership

Monday, January 20 – 10 a.m. to noon

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, tune into New Hampshire Public Radio for a two-hour special exploring Dr. King’s life and legacy. 

“The Strategic King: MLK’s Visionary Leadership” will air from 10 a.m. to noon on NHPR. This annual celebration is recorded from the stage of the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, and hosted by WNYC’s “All Of It” host Alison Stewart and NPR’s “All Things Considered” host Jami Floyd. Listeners will hear panel discussions, spoken word and musical performances during the broadcast. Artists, activists, journalists and change makers will discuss Dr. King’s legacy and how his actions and teachings inform contemporary times.

Program details from WNYC:

This year’s event, “The Strategic King: MLK’s Visionary Leadership,” will focus on how Dr. King and his colleagues’ skillful use of the media and politically strategic tactics  influenced politicians and helped pass key legislation in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.  The event will consider how those strategies continue to inform and inspire contemporary social justice movements.

Featured guests include:

  • Herb Boyd – Journalist, educator, and author
  • Taylor Branch – Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian 
  • Rev. Canon Kelly Brown Douglas – Dean, Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary
  • Jonathan Capehart – Washington Post Opinion Writer
  • Dorothy Butler Gilliam –  Journalist
  • Mary-Pat Hector – National Youth Director for National Action Network
  • Khalil Gibran Muhammad – Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the Radcliffe Institute
  • Rashad Robinson –  President of Color Of Change
  • Bakari Sellers – Former South Carolina State Representative, attorney, political commentator and politician
  • Nancy Barnes – Senior Vice President of News and Editorial Director, NPR 

The program will be complemented by music and special spoken-word performances by artist and MacArthur Fellow Carrie Mae Weems, Pulitzer Prize-winner and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, and playwright and producer Jessica Care Moore. WQXR’s Terrance McKnight will serve as Master of Ceremonies.