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Women’s March’s co-president to be keynote speaker at UNCA’s MLK event
Thursday, 03 January 2019 11:37

From Staff Reports

Tamika D. Mallory, national co-president of the Women’s March, will deliver the keynote address for UNC Asheville’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week.

The keynote talk is the highlight of a week focusing on King’s moral legacy, including a day of community service, and activities and workshops for students on contemporary issues and civil rights history.

Mallory’s talk will be free and open to everyone — with no tickets required — at 7 p.m. Jan. 24, in UNCA’s Lipinsky Auditorium. The doors will open at 6 p.m. — and seating is first-come, first-served.

The first Women’s March in January 2017 drew an estimated 5 million participants worldwide, with 500,000 people marching in Washington, D.C., and an estimated 7,000 to 10,000 participants in downtown Asheville.

The Women’s March is planning more marches on the weekend of Jan. 19 — and Mallory’s role as the national organization’s co-president will continue.

Mallory said of her approach, “My fellow Women’s March leaders believe that we can be the bridge to connect different groups in the name of our shared liberation. We don’t just step into difficult spaces, we create new ones. I am guided by the loving principles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., though I have fallen short of them at times. And it is with the belief that ‘non-violence seeks to win friendship and understanding’ and ‘non-violence seeks to defeat injustice, not people’ that we organized a march on January 21, 2017, that 5 million people participated in worldwide; and we have been guided by those values the whole way through.”


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