Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Day

The Babson community remembers, reflects upon, and celebrates the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This annual event initiates and continues conversations about the realization of King’s vision of justice, equality, and peace in our own community and in the world at large.

2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Day Event

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 – 5–7 p.m. ET

In-person at the Babson Recreation and Athletics Complex (BRAC) and via WebEx

James Blake

The Martin Luther King Legacy Day Committee is thrilled to announce that renowned former professional tennis player, James Blake, will be the keynote speaker at Babson’s flagship annual event on Wednesday, February 16, 2022. Author of Ways of Grace: Stories of Activism, Adversity, and How Sports Can Bring Us Together, Blake will share his life experiences with the Babson community, including how he overcame adversity on and off the court, as well as the value of perseverance.

Blake is no stranger to adversity and obstacles. At age 13, after beginning his tennis training at an inner-city sports program focused on engaging underprivileged youth, he was diagnosed with scoliosis. Blake battled through numerous challenges and ultimately became a two-time All-American at Harvard University before leaving after his sophomore year to become a professional tennis player.

Blake joined the professional circuit and was a rising star until 2004 when he had a debilitating year—experiencing a broken neck, a serious illness, and the death of his father. Blake remained physically and mentally strong. He came back to play professional tennis again in 2005 when he was named Comeback Player of the Year. Additionally, Blake earned ten ATP singles titles and seven doubles titles, was a top-ranked US player, became a Davis Cup champion for the USA, and was named the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year.

2022

Speaker: James Blake

2021

Theme: Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?
Speaker: Farah Bernier MBA’08

2020

Theme: A Chance In the World for All
Speaker: Steve Pemberton

2019

Theme: The Winding Road Toward Justice and Equality
Speaker: Mónica Ramírez

2018

Theme: Tearing Hatred from the Sky
Speaker: Bree Newsome

2017

Theme: History Under Assault
Speaker: Thomas Chatterton Williams

2016

Theme: Eavesdropping on America’s Conversation on Race
Speaker: Michele Norris

2015

Theme: Resegregation in Post–Civil Rights America
Speaker: Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad

2014

Theme: Globalization in the Prison Industrial Complex
Speaker: Angela Davis

2013

Theme: Race and the Persistence of Social Inequality in Contemporary America
Speaker: Ta-Nehisi Coates

2012

Theme: The Quest for Equality: Empathy and Global Justice in a Divided World
Speaker: Rinku Sen

2011

Theme: Sustaining King’s Legacy: Social Justice through a Green Economy
Speaker: Van Jones

2010

Theme: American Culture and the Pursuit of Justice in a Global Society
Speaker: Patricia Williams

2009

Theme: The New Activism: Power, Global Citizenship, and the Path to Equality
Speaker: Kevin Powell

2008

Theme: Freedom and Self-Determination in the Global Era
Speaker: John Edgar Wideman

2007

Theme: Economic Disparity and Race: A Necessary Redress
Speaker: Naomi Tutu

2006

Theme: 50 Years After Montgomery: Is the Dream Deferred, Diluted, or Fulfilled?
Speaker: Juan Williams

2005

Theme: Micro-lending: Banker to the Poor
Speaker: Muhammad Yunus

2004

First Annual MLK Legacy Day
Speaker: Julianne Malveaux

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