Former NAACP president Benjamin Jealous to present annual MLK Symposium

Banner with text reading 2023 MLK Symposium
Join us on Monday, January 23, in Shannon Hall at the Memorial Union as we welcome Benjamin Jealous to campus for UW–Madison’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium. The event is free and open to the public.

Portrait of Benjamin Jealous
Benjamin Jealous

A former investigative journalist and NAACP president, Jealous has dedicated his life to bringing people together, building diverse coalitions for change, and holding government leaders accountable. In his keynote, he will reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through the lens of Jealous’s work as a civil rights leader, social entrepreneur, and changemaker.

Following the keynote, Jealous will engage with questions submitted prior to the event. Please share your question for consideration by Sunday, January 22:

All are invited to a reception with light refreshments in the Sunset Lounge outside the theater immediately following the event.

Event Details

  • Date: Monday, January 23, 2023 (Note: this is the Monday following MLK Day)
  • Time: 5:30–7 p.m. Central Time (doors open at 5 p.m.)
  • Location: Shannon Hall, Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St., Madison (view map)
  • Registration: You do not need to register to attend in person; register here to attend live online. The livestream will not be available on-demand.
  • Accessibility: Live captioning and sign language interpreting will be provided. Shannon Hall is ADA-accessible.
  • Contact: Please email with any questions or additional accommodation requests for this event
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The annual MLK Symposium is hosted by UW–Madison Student Affairs and the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement in partnership with the Wisconsin Union Theater.

Looking for more ways to get involved? Explore opportunities to honor and carry forward the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in our roundup of Dane County MLK Day events.