Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 6:30am to 7:30am
Dr. Daina Ramey Berry

The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration commemorates Dr. King's legacy and recognizes the connection between his life's work and the library world. Join leaders from across ALA and the library profession for a reading of selected passages from the collected work and speeches of Dr. King. Gain a new perspective on Dr. King’s legacy and social justice from an always-engaging keynote speaker, and be inspired to bring these lessons into the everyday work of librarianship through the energizing Call-to-Action address, delivered by a notable leader and advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion in the library profession.

Acclaimed historian Dr. Daina Ramey Berry will deliver the keynote address for the 2017 Celebration.  Dr. Berry is Associate Professor of History and African and African Diaspora Studies and the Oliver H. Radkey Regents Fellow in History at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Berry is a specialist in the history of gender and slavery in the United States with a particular emphasis on the social and economic history of the nineteenth century. Her forthcoming book, “The Price for their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from the Womb to the Grave, in the Building of a Nation” offers a groundbreaking look at slaves as commodities through every phase of life, from birth to death and beyond, in early America. (Beacon Press, January 2017)

In addition to her scholarly writing and editing, Dr. Berry has appeared on several syndicated radio and television shows including NPR, NBC, PBS, C-SPAN, and the History Channel. Professor Berry's research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Association of University Women, the Ford Foundation, and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Dr. Berry's participation is generously made possible by Beacon Press.

Dr. Berry will be joined by Call-to-Action speaker Patricia M.Y. (Patty) Wong, County Librarian of the Yolo County (Calif.) Library System. Wong’s decades-long career, from her early days as a children’s librarian in Oakland to her present position as County Librarian and Chief Archivist for Yolo County and member leader in the California Library Association, the Ethnic Affiliates, and ALA, has borne witness to her tireless commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion and community-centered engagement.

Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be served. Attendance is free and open to all Midwinter attendees.

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