BATON ROUGE – The signature program for LSU’s MLK Celebration is the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month Commemorative Celebration, which has been rescheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, in the LSU Student Union Royal Cotillion Ballroom. The MLK and BHM Commemorative Celebration is free and open to the public.
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee and the Black History Month Committee will host professor, author, Civil and Women’s Rights activist, and social commentator Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw as the keynote speaker for the celebration. Crenshaw is executive director of the African American Policy Forum and professor of law at UCLA and Columbia Law School. She writes about civil rights, black feminist legal theory, race, racism and the law. She is the founding coordinator of the Critical Race Theory Workshop and the co-editor of a volume titled “Critical Race Theory: Key Documents That Shaped the Movement.”
Crenshaw has lectured nationally and internationally on race matters and on “intersectionality,” a concept she coined to capture the multidimensional dynamics of discrimination. Her work was cited in the drafting of the South African Constitution. Crenshaw has lectured throughout the world, addressing audiences in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia. In 1996, she co-founded the African American Policy Forum to highlight the centrality of gender and structural inequality in the discourse on racial justice.
Crenshaw has held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair for Latin America and the Fletcher Fellowship. She is currently a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences.
The Commemorative Celebration was originally scheduled for Friday, Jan. 24, but it had to be postponed due to wintery weather in the area.