Social media’s impact on the social justice movement will be the topic of the keynote address during DePaul University’s annual King Day Prayer Breakfast on Jan. 21. This will be DePaul’s 16th annual celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The prayer breakfast, presented by the Center for Intercultural Programs, is from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Student Center Room 120AB, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago. It is free and open to the public, but online reservations are required at http://is.gd/MLKBreakfast. Prominent scholar and author Mark Anthony Neal, professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African-American Studies at Duke University, will deliver a talk titled “I Tweet a Dream?: Social Justice in the Age of Social Media.”
Neal is a frequent commentator for National Public Radio and contributes to online media outlets, including HuffPost BlackVoices and SeeingBlack.com. He is the founder and managing editor of the blog NewBlackMan and hosts the weekly webcast Left of Black.
The breakfast also will feature a presention by the winner of the first Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speech contest at DePaul and a performance by the Theatre School at DePaul.
Separately, DePaul’s College of Law is sponsoring a lecture by Cheryl Harris, professor of law from the University of California Los Angeles, on the topic “Theorizing Racial Justice” at 10 a.m. in the DePaul Center, Room 8005, 1 E. Jackson Blvd., Chicago.
For additional information on these programs and other DePaul activities and programs honoring King’s movement, visit http://events.depaul.edu.