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Media Advisory: Queens College Commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Sunday, January 16, With Free, Virtual Musical Celebration; Event Will Recall King’s 1965 Appearance on Campus

  Highlights Include a Video Featuring Alumni Who Were Present for King’s Speech –


(Queens, New York, January 10, 2022)


WHATThis year’s annual Queens College Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemorationWe Are Not Satisfied: There Is a Long, Long Way To Go In the Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will celebrate King’s legacy in a free, virtual presentation that evokes his May 13, 1965, appearance as the inaugural speaker in the college’s John F. Kennedy Memorial Lecture Series. King emphasized the power of peaceful resistance in his address to students. Trey McLaughlin and The Sounds of Zamar, a choir from Augusta, Georgia, will offer a short virtual performance of their adaptations of contemporary gospel, pop, and musical theatre hits. In a video made for the occasion, five alumni who attended King’s speech—Noel Hankin ’68, Elliot Linzer ’80, then-Student Association President Ronald Pollack ’65, Wayne Price ’66, and Mike Wenger ’65—will share their memories of the event. Current Student Association President Zaire Couloute will also be featured.


Audio of King’s 1965 address to Queens College students is preserved in the Civil Rights Archive of the college’s Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library; listen to it here.


WHO: Hosted by Queens College President Frank H. Wu, invited speakers include NYS Senator Charles E. Schumer; Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr.NYC Council Speaker Adrienne AdamsNYC Assembly Member Khaleel Anderson '19; Queens College Student Association President Zaire Couloute; and Queens College Black Student Union Treasurer and Student Senator Jamal Mark.


WHEN: Sunday, January 16, 2022, at 3 pm 




Quote from Queens College President Frank H. Wu
“I am enormously proud to lead an institution that in 1965 welcomed the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to address its students as part of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Lecture Series,” said Queens College President Frank H. Wu. “The college’s longstanding history of involvement in the struggle for equality and social justice is epitomized by Queens College student Andrew Goodman, who was slain, along with fellow civil rights workers James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, in Mississippi in 1964. Their work and the extensive civil rights activism of our alumni is documented in a special collections archive in the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library. The building’s clocktower is named for the three young men, whom King saluted in 1965, saying, ‘… it was Queens College that gave to America, and indeed to the world, Andrew Goodman, whose creative witness will certainly live for generations yet unborn. He, along with others, paid the supreme price for this struggle and I’m sure that we will see in many ways that his death was not in vain.’” 

About Queens College

Queens College produces more education graduates who become principals, teachers, and counselors for the city’s public schools than any other college in the metropolitan area. The college contributes to the local talent pool as a powerful economic engine and a leader in tech education. Students from across the country and around the world are attracted to study at the Aaron Copland School of Music. Its renowned faculty and alumni include nationally recognized composers, conductors, and performers who have received over 100 Grammy Awards and nominations.   


Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, the college helps its more than 18,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, the college has been cited by Princeton Review as one of America's Best Value Colleges for four consecutive years, as well as being ranked a U.S. News and World Report Best College and Forbes Magazine Best Value College thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Visit our homepage to learn more​. ​​​


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