The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Lecture serves as the hallmark of the MLK Series. The lecture aims to highlight the role of creative endeavor in advancing democracy and equity. Through this annual lecture, RISD acknowledges an individual whose legacy of service and commitment to justice has made an indelible difference. The keynote lecturer is selected, in part, because of her / his consistent demonstration and skillful employment of Kingian values as a model of change.

Keynote Addresses

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2013
Tuesday, January 29th
7:00 PM

2013 MLK Keynote Address: Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte
John Maeda, Rhode Island School of Design
David Cicilline
Dan Cavicchi, Rhode Island School of Design

RISD Auditorium, Canal Walk, Providence, RI

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

2014
Wednesday, January 29th
7:00 PM

2014 MLK Keynote Address: Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman
Paul Sproll, Rhode Island School of Design
Rosanne Somerson, Rhode Island School of Design
Michael Spalter, Rhode Island School of Design

RISD Auditorium, Canal Walk, Providence, RI

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

2015
Friday, January 30th
7:00 PM

2015 MLK Keynote Address: Danny Glover

Danny Glover
Anne Fessler, Rhode Island School of Design
Rosanne Somerson, Rhode Island School of Design

RISD Auditorium, Canal Walk, Providence, RI

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Monday, October 19th
7:00 PM

2015|16 MLK Campus Lecture: Tim Wise

Tim Wise
Jean Eddy, Rhode Island School of Design
Lucille Crelli, Rhode Island School of Design

Tap Room 226 Benefit Street, Providence, RI

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

2016
Friday, January 22nd
7:00 PM

2015|16 MLK Keynote Address: Andrew Young

Andrew Young
Dan Cavicchi, Rhode Island School of Design
Rosanne Somerson, Rhode Island School of Design

RISD Auditorium, Canal Walk, Providence, RI

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Wednesday, April 13th
7:00 PM

2015|16 MLK Keynote Address: Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold
Pradeep Sharma, Rhode Island School of Design

RISD Auditorium, Canal Walk, Providence RI 02903

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM