The event begins Jan. 18 at noon PT
The free event, hosted by Blackout for Human Rights and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, is called “MLK Now” and will be held at Harlem’s Riverside Church, where Dr. King delivered his famous 1967 speech “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.”
Some of today’s leading actors and influencers will offer interpretations of Dr. King’s most well-known speeches at the event.
There will also be musical performances by India Arie and others, and the day will close with an interactive panel discussion addressing how Dr. King’s message can be applied to the pressing social issues of today, including police violence, racial and social injustice, economic inequality and political mobilization.
Panelists will include “Creed” director Ryan Coogler, “Creed” actress Tessa Thompson, hip-hop artist J. Cole, Urban Cusp founder and publisher Rahiel Tesfamariam, Arab-American Association of New York executive director Linda Sarsour, Million Hoodies Movement for Justice executive director Dante Barry, filmmaker and Sakofa.org co-director Gina Belafonte and activist Leon Ford, Jr. The panel will be moderated by MSNBC National Reporter Trymaine Lee.