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Martin Luther King, Jr. Days of Dialogue

BEYOND MLK DOD: Be sure to check out a full month of Black History Month virtual programs from our friends at African American and Diaspora Studies (AADS) and the Black Studies Center

Congrats to Jahmari Moore on being named the 2021 Willena Stanford Commitment to Diversity Award winner!

Welcome to the 19th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Days of Dialogue at the University of Wyoming!

Through this annual week of programming, UW celebrates the continuing impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and ideals. The Martin Luther King Jr. Days of Dialogue (MLK DOD) tradition is intended to expand institutional awareness about issues of diversity and social justice, to foster an inclusive community, and to empower individuals to act in solidarity with marginalized communities.

The Days of Dialogue serve as a renewal of UW’s commitment to making campus a more welcoming and empowering place for people from different backgrounds, heritages, orientations, abilities, and perspectives.

Black Lives Matter: Strides Toward Freedom & Justice

America has a long history of racial injustice and inequality that activists near and far acknowledge and denounce—relentlessly making strides toward intersectional justice and equity. This past summer we witnessed a movement take shape that activated voices from around the world and called for justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and, unfortunately, many others. Demands for justice rang out from every corner of our nation as activists chanted Black Lives Matter. The conversation continues.

This year we take time to explore the historic Civil Rights Movements—past and present—that have shaped America and analyze our paths toward freedom.

MLK DOD Events: Feb. 8-12, 2021

Join us virtually on Zoom:  

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The Willena Stanford Award program honors Dr. Willena Stanford, a former UW instructor in African American and Diaspora Studies. Dr. Stanford firmly committed to equitable education for all UW students.

Join us virtually to honor UW students nominated for their strong commitment to diversity during the kick-off for UW's Martin Luther King Jr. Days of Dialogue (MLK DOD).  It will be a week with events and activities highlighting our campus community's ongoing effort to actively eradicate injustice in our local and global communities.
Dr. Yusef Salaam
Dr. Yusef Salaam
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Zoom registration: 

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This program was possible thanks to the generous support of 7220 Entertainment.

For more info, see the Yusef Salaam press release.

About Dr. Salaam:

On April 19, 1989, a young woman in the prime of her life was brutally raped and left for dead in New York City’s Central Park. Five boys—four black and one Latino—were tried and convicted of the crime in a frenzied case that rocked the city. They became known collectively as “The Central Park Five.”

Their convictions were vacated in 2002 after spending between seven (7) and thirteen (13) years of their lives behind bars. The unidentified DNA in the Central Park Jogger Case, unlinked to any of the five, had finally met its owner, a convicted murderer and serial rapist who confessed. The convictions of the boys, now men, were overturned and they were exonerated. One of those boys, Yusef Salaam, was just 15 years old when his life was upended and changed forever.

Since his release, Yusef has committed himself to advocating and educating people on the issues of false confessions, police brutality and misconduct, press ethics and bias, race and law, and the disparities in America’s criminal justice system. In 2013, documentarians Ken and Sarah Burns released the documentary “The Central Park Five,” which told of this travesty from the perspective of Yusef and his cohorts.

In 2014, The Central Park Five received a multi-million dollar settlement from the city of New York for its grievous injustice against them. Yusef was awarded an Honorary Doctorate that same year and received the President's Life Time Achievement Award in 2016 from President Barack Obama.

He was appointed to the board of the Innocence Project in 2018, and has released a Netflix Feature limited series called "When They See Us" based on the true story of the “Central Park Five” with Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey and Robert De Niro, in May of 2019.

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Donna Brazile and Ana Novarro
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Submit Questions for a Q&A following the conversation. Send questions to the School of Culture, Gender & Social Justice ( by Sunday, Feb. 7.

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This program was possible thanks to the generous support of College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office, School of Culture, Gender & Social Justice, MLK Days of Dialogue, Milward L. Simpson Fund and the School of Politics, Public Affairs and International Studies, Department of Communication and Journalism, Department of English, Department of Criminal Justice & Sociology, and the College of Law.

For more info, see the Donna Brazile and Ana Novarro release.

About Donna Brazile:

Former Democratic National Committee Interim Chair Donna Brazile and former Republican strategist and political contributor Ana Navarro will discuss today’s political landscape virtually with the University of Wyoming community. 

With years of political expertise and media experience under their belts, Brazile and Navarro are seasoned analysts and are among the best political commentators on television today. They can quickly scrutinize geopolitical trends and other major forces at play in the nation. When Brazile and Navarro team up, they deliver straightforward perspectives about the future of Washington, D.C., while peppering their talks with real-life stories from campaigns and television sets.

Brazile is a renowned political strategist and commentator; the former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee from 2016-17; and a current Fox News contributor. She also was an ABC News and CNN political news contributor.

She is the author of the New York Times bestseller “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-Ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House” and the 2004 bestselling memoir, “Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in America.”

Brazile was the first African American woman to direct a major presidential campaign, acting as campaign manager for Al Gore in 2000.

About Ana Navarro: 

Navarro is a well-known Republican strategist; political analyst for CNN, CNN en Español and Telemundo; and is a co-host of ABC’s “The View.” The Miami New Times named her a “Republican power-consultant,” and the Tampa Bay Times called her “a sought-after voice in Republican politics and an adviser for any presidential hopeful.”

Navarro served as the national Hispanic co-chair for former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman’s 2012 campaign and was the national co-chair of the late U.S. Sen. John McCain’s Hispanic Advisory Council in 2008, where she also was the national surrogate for the McCain 2008 campaign. Navarro has played a role in several federal and state races in Florida.

She served on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s transition team in 1998 and was his first director of immigration policy in Florida’s Executive Office of the Governor.
Each year we hold a book discussion as a means of engagement and dialogue inspired by the theme.  This year’s book selection is, “A Kind of Freedom” by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton.  The first 50 participants to sign-up will receive this novel for free, and allow them to read it before the spring semester begins.  This event will take place on Friday, February 12th from 11:00 am-12:30 pm.  Registration will close on Friday, January 15th at noon. A Zoom link will then be sent to everyone who registered for our discussion.  This event is open to all members of our campus and the local community.
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This program was possible thanks to the generous support of Second Story Books.

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