WHO: Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
WHAT: 9th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture in Social Justice
WHERE: Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St.
WHEN: 5:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22
Inaugurated in 2002, the Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture in Social Justice is an annual event that honors individuals and scholars of African descent who have committed themselves to social justice. This year’s program features Benjamin Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, in conversation with Camille Charles, director of Penn’s Center for Africana Studies and professor of sociology.
A program highlight will be the performance of the new NAACP anthem, "Someone Is Listening." The song, composed by Penn music professor Guthrie Ramsey Jr. was commissioned in honor of the NAACP’s 100th anniversary.
The Center for Africana Studies and the Annenberg School for Communication at Penn will present the lecture as part of the University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Symposium on Social Change. The event is free and open to the public.