Social entrepreneur, changemaker, and former NAACP president Benjamin Jealous will keynote UW–Madison’s 2023 MLK Symposium on Monday, January 23, at the Memorial Union. 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 his work as a civil rights leader.
- Date: Monday, January 23, 2022 (Note: this is the Monday following MLK Day)
- Time: 5:30–7 p.m. Central Time (keynote); reception with speaker in Sunset Lounge to follow the event, 7–8 p.m.
- Location: Shannon Hall, Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St. (also offered online)
- Audience: UW–Madison campus community and public
- Event page: go.wisc.edu/MLK23
- Q&A form: go.wisc.edu/MLK23-QA (submit questions by Jan. 22)
- Register to watch online: go.wisc.edu/MLK23-live
Download poster, social graphics, and photos: https://uwmadison.box.com/v/MLK23toolkit
- Hashtag: #UWMLK
- Benjamin Jealous: @benjealous (Instagram), @BenJealous (Twitter)
- DDEEA: @uw_diversity (IG), @uw_diversity (TW)
- Student Affairs: @uw_studentlife (IG), @UW_StudentLife (TW)
Sample Social Media Posts
Note: The event page on the Wisconsin Union website does not have social media meta tags. We suggest attaching the event poster when sharing the link on platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Please make sure to use alt text: Event poster with a portrait of Benjamin Jealous and text reading “2023 MLK Symposium: An Evening with Benjamin Jealous. Jan. 23, 5:30 p.m.”
Join us in reflecting on the legacy of #MartinLutherKing at our annual #UWMLK Symposium on Jan. 23. This year, we are thrilled to welcome national civil rights leader, social entrepreneur, and former NAACP president @BenJealous to campus as our keynote speaker! ⬇️
We are so excited that @BenJealous will join us on campus to give the keynote speech at the 2023 #UWMLK Symposium! Join us at the Memorial Union on Jan. 23 or register to watch online.
Learn more ➡️ https://go.wisc.edu/MLK23
Each year #UWMadison invites a visionary American leader to campus to speak about the legacy of #MartinLutherKing.
On Jan. 23, we’re honored to welcome a champion for civil rights, social entrepreneur, and former NAACP president @BenJealous as our 2023 #UWMLK keynote speaker.
American civil rights leader, social entrepreneur, and changemaker @BenJealous, will be on campus on Monday, Jan. 23, to give the #UWMLK Symposium keynote address. Don’t miss it!
Join in person at Memorial Union or register to watch online. Learn more ⬇️
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.”
— #MartinLutherKing, 1947
We are eager to sift and winnow with @BenJealous on Jan. 23 for the #UWMLK Symposium.
Civil rights leader @BenJealous is coming to #UWMadison on Jan. 23! Raise your hand if you’re excited ✋✋✋✋✋✋
Have a question for him? Share it with us for consideration during the Q&A following his #UWMLK Symposium keynote. 📝
About Benjamin Jealous
Benjamin Todd Jealous is a social entrepreneur, changemaker, and former NAACP president. The former investigative journalist and Rhodes Scholar has dedicated his life to bringing people together, building diverse coalitions for change, and holding government leaders accountable to the needs of everyday people.
Jealous was one of the youngest presidents in NAACP history. He has also served as president of the Rosenberg Foundation, founding director of Amnesty International’s U.S. Human Rights Program, and executive director of the National Newspaper Publishers Association — the largest trade association of African-American-owned newspapers. In Mississippi, Jealous was editor of the Jackson Advocate newspaper and an NAACP community organizer. He started his career in civil rights at age 18, working in the mailroom of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
About the MLK Symposium
Student Affairs and the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement annually host a campus speaker in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The speaker each year is asked to provide their reflections on the legacy of MLK and to discuss how their work or experience connects to this. Recent event speakers have included astronaut Mae Jemison, MD, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Nikole Hannah-Jones.