Williams College Honors the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, executive assistant; tele: 413-597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., January 13, 2020—Williams College will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. with an alumni panel speaking to current and past experiences engaging in social justice and social movement-based work in relation to the themes and visions of the civil rights movement. The panel will take place on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m. in Paresky Auditorium. It is preceded by an open gallery of quotes in Baxter Hall, featured all day, and an Interfaith Service at 1 p.m. in the Jewish Religious Center. All are welcome to attend these free, public events.

The alumni panel will feature Joseph Wilson Jr. ’19, a graduate student in health science at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Nichole A. Beiner Powell-Newman ’09, an attorney and equity and inclusion consultant; Lauren Hobby ’10, a judicial law clerk for Thomas L. Ambro on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; and Ethan Zuckerman ’93, director of the MIT Center for Civic Media, associate professor of the practice in media arts and sciences at the MIT Media Lab, co-founder of the citizen media community, Global Voices, and author of Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection.

To also celebrate King’s life and legacy, Williams students will partner with students at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) and members of the Berkshire community to participate in a variety of social service projects from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20.

The events are co-sponsored by the Center for Learning in Action (CLiA), the Chaplains’ Office, the Davis Center, Alumni Relations, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Alumni Liaison Committee, the Office of Special Academic Programs, the ’68 Center for Career Exploration, and the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, in partnership with MCLA and various North Adams community partners.


For building locations on the Williams campus, please consult the map outside the driveway entrance to the Security Office located in Hopkins Hall on Main Street (Rte. 2), next to the Thompson Memorial Chapel, or call the Office of Communications 413-597-4277. The map can also be found on the web at www.williams.edu/map