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Please join us for this very special, annual Fairfield University event commemorating the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr.

This year’s speaker is Robin D.G. Kelley, PhD, an educator, author, and the Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Kelley’s research explores the history of social movements in the U.S., the African Diaspora, and Africa; black intellectuals; music and visual culture; Surrealism, Marxism, and more. His essays have appeared widely in publications including the Journal of American History, American Historical Review, The New York Times, Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noir, Counterpunch, and Boston Review, for which he also serves as Contributing Editor.

Kelley has written several prize-winning books, including Yo’ Mama’s Disfunktional!: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America (1997) and Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (2009). He has published numerous other books and edited volumes including Race Rebels: Culture, Politics, and the Black Working Class (1994), Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination (Beacon Press, 2002), and Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times (2012). His current book projects include Black Bodies Swinging: An American Postmortem (Metropolitan Books), a genealogy of the Black Spring protests of 2020; and a biography of Texas-born journalist Grace Halsell.

Learn more about the many programs offered as part of Fairfield University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week by visiting Fairfield.edu/mlk.
Learn more about Robin D.G. Kelley → Read More about Robin D.G. Kelley’s Radical Imagination → Read Essays by Robin D.G. Kelley in the Boston Review → Check out Robin D.G. Kelley’s Reading List → Read Robin D.G. Kelley’s Books →
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