Keynote Address Annual MLK Commemoration Service

January 19, 2014

Benjamin Jealous

Civil and Human Rights Leader
Former NAACP National President

Jealous has been a prominent crusader for economic justice and empowerment. He worked to attract a younger generation of members with a wider vision of civil rights that addresses contemporary concerns. Under his leadership from 2008 to last month, the nation's largest civil rights organization has defended voting rights, worked to abolish death-penalty laws in at least four states, opposed "stop-and-frisk" police tactics and stand-your-ground laws, and embraced gay rights in a historic 2012 vote. Today the number of NAACP members tops one million.

His 3 p.m. speech in Duke Chapel is part of a program that includes remarks from local and university officials, prayer, and music and dance performances. Highlights of the program include performances by the 100 Men in Black choir and the Collage Dance Company, as well as greetings from Duke University President Richard Brodhead, Duke Hospital President Kevin Sowers, Duke Black Student Association President Marcus Benning and Durham Mayor Pro Tem Cora Cole-McFadden.

The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the Bryan Center Parking Garage.

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