33rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial Convocation

The annual convocation celebrates the life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by presenting speakers who discuss the civil rights issues of equality, freedom, justice, and opportunity. The convocation also seeks to build partnerships and develop dialogue within the campus community and with the local communities served by the university.

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Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander, A leading voice for social justice, Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar.

  • Speaker: Michelle Alexander
    A leading voice for social justice, Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar.
  • Date: 7 p.m., Thursday, February 9, 2017
  • Location: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
  • The event is free and open to the public.

The 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Convocation will feature Michelle Alexander, A leading voice for social justice, Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar.

Her pivotal New York Times bestseller, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, peels back the curtain on systemic racism in the American prison system. The book was considered one of the top African-American books of 2010 and won the NAACP Image Award for "outstanding literary work of nonfiction." Alexander has been featured on national radio and television outlets including NPR, Bill Moyers Journal, the Tavis Smiley Show, and C-SPAN's Washington Journal, among others.

Alexander currently holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at the Ohio State University. Prior to joining the Kirwan Institute, Professor Alexander was an associate professor of law at Stanford Law School, where she directed the civil rights clinic. Alexander also joined the ranks of Union Theological Seminary in New York in 2016 and will serve as a visiting professor until 2021.

Tony Hill Memorial Award

Members of the Santa Cruz and UCSC community are invited to nominate outstanding individuals for the Tony Hill Memorial Award. The recipient will be recognized at the convocation.

Criteria for nomination: The individual is actively engaged in the needs of the community and seeks to provide tools to work toward a solution. The individual demonstrates hands-on service that results in building connections among diverse groups, promoting equality and justice. 

The deadline for the Tony Hill award nomination is January 20th, 2017.

Our Sponsors

NAACP Inner Light Ministries 

City of Santa Cruz  UCSC Chancellor's Office