In addition to its worldwide renown as a cultural mecca, the Apollo Theater also serves as a gathering place and “town hall” for community residents and people from all across New York City. Apollo Uptown Hall creatively and uniquely weaves hhpanel discussions, video, texting, and performances to enhance and develop interactive forums to discover and/or address key issues.
As a continuation of WNYC’s long-standing Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend celebration and a part of Carnegie Hall’s Sixties Project, WNYC and the Apollo are proud to unite again to present Apollo Uptown Hall: 50 Years After MLK-- A Dream Deferred an amalgamation of both series.
WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning host Brian Lehrer of The Brian Lehrer Show and local All Things Considered host Jami Floyd will moderate nuanced conversations examining Dr. King’s legacy and its impact on modern social justice movements. Harlem resident WQXR’s Terrance McKnight will serve as MC. The event will conclude with a rousing performance by the two-time Emmy Award-winning ensemble Vy Higginsen’s Gospel For Teens – a renowned group of teenagers who study and sing the art of gospel music in Harlem as well as an excerpt from Soul Science Lab's upcoming Soundtrack '63.
The longstanding annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration features musical performances and brings together audiences from Harlem and around the city with scholars, community leaders, and activists to engage in conversations that examine the future of social justice movements as we traverse the current social and political climate. They include:
• Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid, Mosque of the Islamic Brotherhood
• Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and MLK biographer
• Rosa Clemente, activist, scholar, and 2008 Vice Presidential candidate (Green Party)
• Pandit Dasa, Author and Weelbeing expert
• Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter
• Minister Kirsten John Foy – Minister, President of the Brooklyn Chapter of the National Action Network
• Dr. Clarence Jones, civil rights leader and former attorney and advisor to Dr. King
• Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Activist and spiritual leader of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah
• Linda Sarsour, Co-Founder, Women’s March
• Jeanne Theoharis, Scholar and Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College
This is a free event with a ticket required. You must print out your email confirmation and bring it with you the afternoon of the event. Seating is by general admission and registration does not guarantee space. Doors open at 2PM. Tickets not picked up from the box office by 2:30pm on the day of the event will be released to patrons in the standby line.
Please arrive early!
This event will be recorded for broadcast and theater entry will be considered consent to be included in the recording.
UPDATE: Tickets are no longer available. Use the link below to watch the event live on Facebook starting at 3pm on Sunday, January 14.