University of Vermont

Martin Luther King Celebration

MLK Celebration 2018

Please join us January 16 – January 25, 2018 for our annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Education and Learning Events Series.

Keynote Speaker Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

Tuesday, January 23, 2018   |   4:00pm - 5:30pm   |   Ira Allen Chapel

Tickets are required. Tickets are FREE and available per the following schedule:

  • Tuesday, January 16, tickets are available to the UVM community (1 ticket with UVM ID).
  • Friday, January 19, tickets are available to the general public (1 per person).

Tickets are limited and available at the following locations: Miller Information Desk (3rd floor) in the Dudley H. Davis Center, Registrar’s Office Student Service Center Kiosk in Waterman Building, and the Larner College of Medicine Dean’s Office during business hours.

To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact Student Accessibility Services at 802-656-7753.

The keynote presentation is sponsored by President Tom Sullivan, Department of Student Life, and the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.


Dr. Hill

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

2018 Calendar of MLK Celebration Events Coming Soon!

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill Biography

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is one of the leading intellectual voices in the country.

He is currently the host of BET News and a political contributor for CNN. An award-winning journalist, Dr. Hill has received numerous prestigious awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Hill is the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple University. Prior to that, he held positions at Columbia University and Morehouse College. Since his days as a youth in Philadelphia, Dr. Hill has been a social justice activist and organizer. He is a founding board member of My5th, a non-profit organization devoted to educating youth about their legal rights and responsibilities. He is also a board member and organizer of the Philadelphia Student Union. Dr. Hill also works closely with the ACLU Drug Reform Project, focusing on drug informant policy. Over the past few years, he has actively worked on campaigns to end the death penalty and to release numerous political prisoners.

Ebony Magazine has named him one of America’s 100 most influential Black leaders.

Dr. Hill is the author or co-author of four books: the award-winning Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity; The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black life in America; the New York Times bestseller Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on The Vulnerable from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond; and Gentrifier. He has also published two edited books: Media, Learning, and Sites of Possibility; and Schooling Hip-Hop: New Directions in Hip-Hop Based Education.

Trained as an anthropologist of education, Dr. Hill holds a Ph.D. (with distinction) from the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the intersections between culture, politics, and education in the United States and the Middle East.