Past Celebrations

Past Celebrations

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Roxane Gay

Author and cultural critic Roxane Gay gave the keynote address during the 2020 Community MLK Celebration for the theme "Taking a Stand."
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April Ryan

April Ryan delivered the 2019 keynote address under the theme of "Women in the Movement."
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Joy Reid

MSNBC Correspondent Joy Reid delivered 2018's keynote address "We Are the Change We Seek." (Photo by Kristen Finn)
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Anita Hill

On January 26, 2017, Anita Hill gave the Community MLK Celebration keynote address "Reimagining Equality: Inclusive Communities in Post-Obama America."
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Rita Dove

The University of Virginia recognized Commonwealth Professor of English and former U.S. poet laureate Rita Dove in 2013 at the Paramount Theater.
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Donna Brazile

Democratic political strategist, university professor, author, and columnist Donna Brazile gave the 2011 keynote address.

Past Keynote Speakers:

2011 - Donna Brazile

2012 - Harry Belafonte and Julian Bond

2013 - Robert M. Franklin

2014 - Michael Eric Dyson

2015 - Ta-Nehisi Coates

2017 - Anita Hill

2018 - Joy Reid

2019 - April Ryan

2020 - Roxane Gay

2021 - Supporting Relief Efforts in Our Local Community 

2022 - Yamiche Alcindor

2023 - Yaba Blay