The virtual event on January 27 will honor the civil rights leader with musical performances and a keynote address from activist and author Feminista Jones
On Friday, January 27, 2023, at 9:30 a.m., UMass Dartmouth will host the 21st Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Breakfast via Zoom. The theme of this year's event is "Together We Can be THE Dream."
The event is free and open to the public and entire campus community, but registration is required.
Speaking on this year's theme is intersectionality expert, author & award-winning writer Feminista Jones. Jones is a feminist thought leader and social media influencer honored for online activism, who was recently named one of the top 50 feminists in the world.
Jones is the author of the critically acclaimed Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets. Her work centers around diversity, equity and inclusion, critical race theory, intersectionality, mental health, queer identity, and social work. She teaches courses on race, gender, and LGBTQ experiences at Temple University.
Jones' passion and writing talent have led to her being featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Time, Essence, Out, Complex, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Salon, and EBONY. She operates a subscription-based platform and contributes to various publications as a freelancer and commissioned writer. She's also been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
In 2019, Jones joined two of her closest friends to create Black Girl Missing, a true-crime podcast that focuses on the stories of missing African American girls in the United States. Jones is also a mom, an organizational leadership, management, culture, and diversity consultant, a mentor to young girls and women, a Ph.D. student at Temple University, and an outspoken advocate for the homeless, people living in poverty, and those living with psychiatric disabilities.
The event will also feature remarks from Chancellor Mark A. Fuller, UMassD students, and musical performances by local artist and New Bedford native Shane Burgo.