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UK to Present Bernice King as Black History Month Speaker

UPDATE: This event has been postponed until March. For the latest information, visit An announcement will be made when a reschedule date has been confirmed.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2021) — Next week, the University of Kentucky Martin Luther King (MLK) Center and Student Activities Board (SAB) will present a talk and conversation with Bernice A. King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.

A live screening of “A Conversation with Dr. Bernice King” will take place 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Worsham Cinema at the Gatton Student Center. In-person seating is extremely limited, and only available to UK students (physical distancing and mask wearing will be strongly enforced). A private Q&A will take place between the students and King following her talk. 

The UK community and the public are invited to watch the talk via livestream on their personal devices. In-person RSVP information for students and community access to the livestream are both available at Recording of the talk is strictly prohibited.

King is a minister, attorney, author and the youngest child of the late civil rights leaders. She serves as the chief executive officer of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, which was founded by her mother in 1968. Through her work at the center, Bernice King educates youth and adults about the nonviolent principles modeled by her parents.

“I think it’s the opportunity of a lifetime to be able to converse with someone as knowledgeable and passionate about Black Liberation as Dr. King,” said Alexis James, UK junior and director of engaging issues for SAB. “It means a lot to me as a Black woman to have her here at the University of Kentucky during a time when racial tensions here and across the country have once again come to a head.”

“Dr. Bernice King has created a legacy of her own, with its own nuances that are always timely, thoughtful and full of love through her father’s doctrine of Nonviolent Social Change,” said Chandler Frierson, UK senior and programming intern for the MLK Center. “She, like her parents, have prioritized the art of non-violence through her love and hope for the beloved community. Dr. King is a wealth of knowledge that I believe will help our campus community usher in a new era of understanding, empathy and individualized activism. We are beyond excited, we are expectant.”

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"It is humbling and an honor to be able to hear from a direct line of Dr. King's legacy," said Ja'Mahl McDaniel, director of the MLK Center. "We believe Dr. Bernice King will offer encouragement and a charge to our community to truly get involved with social change. I am also thankful for the hard work of our Black History Month lead Chandler Frierson and our collaborators with the Student Activities Board for their willingness to help bring this amazing opportunity to UK."

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