Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration

MLK Sunrise Celebrations at the American Library Association's Midwinter Meetings are sponsored by ALA's Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Task Force of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table, the Black Caucus of the ALA, and World Book, Inc.

2016 Gathering, Boston - Dr. Mary Frances Berry

Photo credit: Jim Abbott

Monday, January 11, 2016 | 6:30 - 7:30am | ALA Midwinter Meeting - Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

Keynote: Since her days as a student at Howard University, Berry has been one of the most prominent activists in the cause of civil rights, gender equality and social justice in the United States. Her publications include such subjects as the history of constitutional racism in America and child care and women’s rights. "Power in Words: The Stories behind Barack Obama’s Speeches, from the State House to the White House" (Beacon Press, 2010) offers insight and historical context of President Obama’s most memorable speeches. Her most recent book, "We Are We Say We Are: A Black Family’s Search for Home across the Atlantic World" (Oxford University Press, 2014) offers a new angle of vision for looking at racial identity, demography and migration as themes of our national history. Her forthcoming book "Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich: Vote Buying and the Corruption of Democracy" (Beacon Press, February 2016) explains that some campaign voter turnout activities are just another form of voter suppression.

Berry is a fellow of the Society of American Historians and the National Academy of Public Administration. In 2014 she was named a distinguished fellow of the American Society for Legal History the highest honor the Society can award. Since 1988, she has been the Geraldine R. Segal professor of American social thought, history, law and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her participation is generously made possible by Beacon Press.

Previous Gatherings

2015 Gathering - Chicago

2014 Gathering - Philadelphia

2013 Gathering - Seattle

2012 Gathering - Dallas

2011 Gathering - San Diego

2010 Gathering – Boston 

2009 Gathering – Denver

2008 Gathering – Philadelphia

2007 Gathering – Seattle

2006 Gathering – San Antonio

2005 Gathering – Boston

2004 Gathering – San Diego

2003 Gathering – Philadelphia

2002 Gathering – New Orleans

2001 Gathering – Washington, D.C. 

2000 Gathering – San Antonio