Martin Luther King Day Convocation, Jan. 21

Knox will present its annual Martin Luther King Day Convocation at 11 a.m., Monday, January 21, in Harbach Theatre, Ford Center for the Fine Arts.

Konrad Hamilton, associate professor of history and chair of the program in American Studies, will give the convocation address. Two speakers will read from their own poems — Fred Hord, professor and chair of Black Studies; and Ajoura Renee Gwinn, a junior from Munhall, Pennsylvania. Laura Lane, professor of music, will conduct the Knox College Choir. The convocation will be moderated by Magali Roy-Fequiere, associate professor and chair of Gender and Women’s Studies.

King, a civil rights leader, minister and president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, was assassinated in 1968. The national holiday in his honor is celebrated on the third Monday in January.

A member of the Knox faculty since 1995, Hamilton earned his doctorate in history at Stanford University, where he worked on the team of scholars who edited The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Also on Jan. 21, Knox will host an open house for high school students and their families.