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MLK Day 2021

Each year Foreverfamily’s National Advisory Board hosts an MLK Lecture at Georgia State University, and while we’re saddened that circumstances are preventing the event this year, we still want to take time to recognize this important holiday.

Each year, we mark MLK Day and Black History Month as a time to celebrate the achievements of individual People of Color and advancements for marginalized groups as a whole. We also take time to acknowledge there is still much work to be done. In particular, we reflect on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s teachings, writings, and actions to help guide us in furthering the fight against racism, prejudice, and injustice.  We look to him to learn how to create movements, build community, and create lasting change within our society. We hope you’ll consider joining us at one of the events listed below. To listen to leaders and learn how to continue the conversation, build community, self-reflect, and engage in activism. However, you can further our communities and nation toward justice, peace, and equality for all is needed and appreciated.

“Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


MLK Virtual Lectures

Monday, January 18, 2021 – 10:00 am – 11:30 pm EST

“Where Do We Go From Here” – Gloria House and Malik Yakini – Michigan Medicine – Streaming Link

“Gloria House, poet, essayist, educator, and human rights activist, and Malik Yakini, co-founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN).”


Monday, January 18, 2021 – 5:00 pm EST

“2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Lecture” – Dorothy Roberts – Washington University – Streaming Link

Dorothy Roberts is “an internationally recognized scholar, public intellectual, and social justice advocate, she has written and lectured extensively on race, gender, and class inequities in U.S. institutions and has been a leader in transforming public thinking and policy on reproductive freedom, child welfare, and bioethics.”


Monday, January 18, 2021 – 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm EST

“20th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture in Social Justice” – Cornel West in Conversation with Margo Crawford – UPENN –  Website

Cornel West has written many books that offer “an unflinching look at nineteenth and twentieth-century African American leaders and their visionary legacies.” Margo Crawford is a scholar that is “crossing boundaries between literature, visual art, and cultural movements, her scholarship opens up new ways of understanding black radical imaginations.”


Wednesday, January 20, 2021 – 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm EST

“Slave Health Deficit: The Journey to Health Parity” – Leon McDougle – Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility – Register

“Dr. McDougle was installed on August 3, 2020 as the 121st President of the National Medical Association (NMA), which serves as the oldest and largest collective voice for African American physicians in their effort to eliminate health inequalities.”