MLK and the Fierce Urgency of Now! 2021-01-18
A special broadcast and online edition of WNYC’s 15th Annual MLK celebration.
Monday, January 18, 3-4 PM ET. Rebroadcast at 8 PM ET.
Presented in collaboration with the March on Washington Film Festival.
This year, WNYC and Apollo Theater are bringing our annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. event to the national radio airwaves on The Takeaway, the national news program from WNYC and PRX, and online as a Facebook live video simulcast.
The special broadcast will be co-hosted by the event’s signature hosts —WNYC’s Brian Lehrer and Senior Editor of WNYC’s Race and Justice Unit Jami Floyd — who will be joined by Tanzina Vega, host of The Takeaway.
Guests include James E. Clyburn, Nikole Hannah-Jones, and Letitia James, among a distinguished roster of civil rights leaders, elected officials, activists, journalists, and artists to discuss the urgent priorities facing the incoming Biden-Harris administration, health equity for Black Americans, and what comes next in our nation’s ongoing reckoning around systemic racism.
You’ll have three opportunities to listen Monday, January 18, live on AM 820 at 9am, from 3-4pm on WNYC 93.9 FM, and at 8pm on WNYC 93.9 FM and AM 820.
“MLK and the Fierce Urgency of Now!” will also have a video simulcast on Facebook Live at 3pm ET.
Featured guests include:
Congressman James E. Clyburn, Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina
Reverend Dr. William Barber, II, President of Repairers of the Breach and Co-Chair of The Poor People’s Campaign
Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr., Civil rights activist and co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
Nikole Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and creator of The New York Times’ 1619 Project
Letitia James, Attorney General for the State of New York
Dr. Uché Blackstock, Yahoo! News Medical Contributor and Founder & CEO of Advancing Health Equity
Dr. Jeff Gardere, Associate Professor of Behavioral Medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
Queen Afua, Five-time best-selling author and CEO of the Queen Afua Wellness Center
Leslé Honoré, Blaxican artist and activist, who will read from her book of poems Fist & Fire
The video version of the program will include introductions from Goli Sheikholeslami, President and CEO of New York Public Radio; Jonelle Procope, President and CEO of the Apollo Theater; and Isisara Bey, Artistic Director of the March on Washington Film Festival.