Keynote Address: Yamiche Alcindor, "Black History and the Legacy of MLK: Purpose, Truth, and Justice"

Event Date: 
Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Please join us for the virtual Keynote Address for the 2022 Community MLK Celebration featuring Yamiche Alcindor. Alcindor will be speaking on "Black History and the Legacy of MLK: Purpose, Truth and Justice." 

There will be a 40-minute talk by Alcindor, followed by a 20-minute audience Q&A.

The event will be moderated by Melody Barnes, co-director for policy and public affairs for the Democracy Initiative, Dorothy Danforth Compton Professor and professor of practice at the Miller Center, and senior fellow at UVA Law’s Karsh Center for Law and Democracy.

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Speaker Bio

In today’s ever-changing political landscape, Yamiche Alcindor has become a go-to voice in analyzing the most critical issues of our time for Democrats and Republicans alike.

The White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour since 2018, Alcindor moves to NBC News in March of 2022 as Washington correspondent covering the Biden administration, the impact of federal policies on communities and issues at the intersection of race, culture and politics. She is also host of Washington Week, where she methodically unravels the steady stream of breaking news to help her listeners—and your audience—make sense of it all. 

Alcindor’s knack for following the story has taken her to places like Belgium for the 2018 North Atlantic Treaty Organization meeting and to Helsinki, Finland, for President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. She has also traveled to McAllen, Texas, to chronicle life on the US/Mexican border and to gauge the impact of President Trump’s family separation policy as well as to Jackson, Mississippi to write about the impact of racial inequalities and poverty in America. In 2019 she served as a moderator for the sixth Democratic primary debate.

As a MSNBC contributor, Alcindor often appears on shows like Morning JoeMeet the Press, and Andrea Mitchell Reports. Earlier in her career, she was a national reporter for The New York Times, writing about politics and social issues, and a journalist with USA Today, writing about criminal justice and fast-breaking stories.

The daughter of Haitian immigrants who met while attending Boston College, Alcindor has written extensively on the intersection of race and politics. She has covered the impact of President Trump’s policies on the working-class, immigration, and breaking news coming out of Africa, the Middle East and Asia. She has also reported on the presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders, the legacy of President Obama as well as how police killings affect communities and children. 

The recipient of the White House Correspondents’ Association Aldo Beckman Award for Overall Excellence in White House Coverage as well as the 2020 NABJ Journalist of the Year Award, Alcindor has become a steady voice in journalism. She earned a master’s degree in broadcast news and documentary filmmaking from New York University and a bachelor’s in English, Government, and African American studies from Georgetown University.  

Co-sponsored by the Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the UVA School of Data Science