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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Symposium on Social Change


Join distinguished scholars and father and daughter Dr. Henry Louis Taylor and Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor for the hallmark program for the University of Pennsylvania’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Symposium on Social Change. They will share their perspectives on past, current and future changes in the movements for social justice, anti-racism, and equity, particularly as they impact BIPOC communities, as part of Penn’s annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Co-sponsored by the SNF Paideia Program, Penn’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships, Penn’s African-American Resource Center, and PHENND.

Please note that Part One is available for viewing at the following link:

  • Valerie Dorsey Allen, Director, African American Resource Center, University of Pennsylvania,
  • Hillary Kane, Director, Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND),
  • Isabel Sampson-Mapp, Associate Director and Director of Penn Volunteers in Public Service, Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania
University Welcome

Wendell Pritchett, Provost, James S. Riepe Professorship, University of Pennsylvania

Opening/Introduction of Moderator

Ira Harkavy, Associate Vice President and founding Director, Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania


Herman Beavers, Professor of English and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania


Henry-Louis Taylor, Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Architecture and Planning, Director, University of Buffalo Center for Urban Studies
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Charles H. McIlwain University Preceptor, Princeton University

Closing Remarks

Barbara Dianne Savage, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Please note that we will be utilizing both ZOOM and Facebook Live for the event. When you RSVP, you will be sent the Zoom log-in information.

Facebook Live event will be available on these pages:





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