MLK Community Conversation

January 7, 2022 - Eduardo Olivo and Karen Stowell

Chaos or Community: 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration










To align with safety precautions, the MLK Community Unity Dinner has been canceled and shifted to a virtual program, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Conversation. The webinar will take place January 17, 2022, 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET. Register for the event on Zoom.

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. isolated himself from the demands of the civil rights movement, rented a house in Jamaica and labored over his final manuscript. In this prophetic work, which has been unavailable for more than 10 years, he lays out his thoughts, plans and dreams for America’s future.

LomaxAs part of this year’s Where Do We Go from Here – Chaos or Community celebration, Foundational Associate Professor in Michigan State University’s Department of African American and African Studies Tamura Lomax, Ph.D. presents a keynote speech, “We Don’t Need a Hero. We Need Accountable Community Workers,” encouraging listeners to do away with the simplistic whitewashed vision of Dr. King. Her speech calls on MSU to more honestly read the moment we are in and to speak out against the status quo in the courageous manner of Dr. King.

Dr. Lomax will answer questions from the audience, so there will be an opportunity for webinar attendants to engage with the keynote speaker. This featured conversation with Dr. Lomax will be moderated by Stratton Lee, assistant director for Undergraduate Programs, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and president of the MSU Black Faculty, Staff and Administrators Association.  

The event will also feature remarks by President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. and Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D.


The MLK Community Conversation takes place on January 17, 2022, 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET. Register for the event on Zoom.