University of Vermont

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to Lead Martin Luther King Commemoration

For the university’s annual series of events to honor the life of Martin Luther King, renowned Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will deliver the keynote address on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Ira Allen Chapel. The event is free and open to the public, though tickets are required and available as follows: Starting Monday, Jan. 14, tickets will be available to UVM students, faculty and staff (one per UVM ID); starting Friday, Jan. 18, tickets are open to the general public (one per person).

Tickets will be available at the following locations: Davis Center, 3rd floor information desk; Patrick Gym, athletics ticket office (top level lobby); and Waterman Building, Registrar’s office student services kiosk (3rd floor). Please note that the athletics and Waterman locations will be closed Monday, Jan. 21.

Gates is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and the Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He is also editor-in-chief of the Oxford African American Studies Center, the first comprehensive scholarly online resource in the field and he is, most recently, the author of Finding Oprah’s Roots, Finding Your Own, a meditation on genetics, genealogy and race. Gates also wrote and produced several documentaries for PBS and the BBC including African American Lives and America Beyond the Color Line. In addition to his many other accomplishments and publications Gates serves on the boards of the New York Public Library, the Whitney Museum, the Lincoln Center Theater, the Aspen Institute, the Brookings Institution and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

The event is sponsored by the Office of the President, Department of Student Life and the Chief Diversity Office.