On Monday, January 21, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, BLACK PANTHER Filmmaker Ryan Coogler, Journalist/Author Ta-Nehisi Coates, Artist/Activist Common, BLACKKKLANSMAN STAR John David Washington, Award-Winning Journalist Jemele Hill and many more came together for the fourth annual MLK Now event to celebrate and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
MLK Now, one of the largest MLK celebrations in the country, again took place at the historic Riverside Church in Harlem, where Dr. King gave his famous speech, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” in 1967. Hosted by Blackout for Human Rights, MLK Now 2019 was presented with Color of Change and Faith In Action serving as sponsors.
MLK Now is centered around inspiring others to make a difference in their communities and reclaiming Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy from the sanitized version we see and hear today. The day is also about using the power of art to spark dialogue around the issues that matter most.
MLK Now 2019 included live performances of historic letters by Common,Washington, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK CO-STAR Colman Domingo, and more; a special conversation with Coates and Ocasio-Cortez; a panel on athletes and activism, moderated by Hill; a voting rights panel with President of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition Desmond Meade; and live musical performances by Award-Winning Artists Raheem DeVaughn, V. Bozeman, Renee Neufville, K-Ci, Samora Pinderhughes and others. See images from the day, along with originally curated artwork for MLK Now 2019 by artist Victoria Case