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Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture Series

Yamiche Alcindor, left hosts Glenn Rice in conversation for the upcoming MLK Jr. Speaker Series.

Johnson County Library is honored to partner with the University of Missouri-Kansas City Division of Diversity and Inclusion for their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture Series, featuring Yamiche Alcindor with host Glenn Rice. The lecture series honors Martin Luther King’s tremendous contributions to advancing civil rights by featuring national thought leaders, who provide insight and advocacy on current civil rights issues in education, economy and inequalities in the judicial system.

In today’s ever-changing political landscape, Yamiche Alcindor has become a key voice in analyzing the most critical issues of our time. As White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour, Washington Weekly moderator, and political contributor to NBC and MSNBC, Alcindor methodically unravels the constant stream of breaking news to help her listeners — and your audience — make sense of it all.

A recipient of the Aldo Beckman Award from the White House Correspondents Association for overall excellence in White House coverage as well as the 2020 NABJ Journalist of the Year Award, Alcindor has become a consistent voice in journalism. She earned an MA in Broadcast News and Documentary Filmmaking from New York University and a BA in English, Government, and African American Studies from Georgetown University.

Glenn E. Rice has been a reporter for The Kansas City Star since 1988. He is currently a current affairs and accountability reporter covering law enforcement and the legal system in Kansas and Missouri. Professionally, Rice has received numerous national, regional, and local journalism awards for her investigative, feature-rich, and news coverage. Rice is a lifelong resident of Kansas City and graduated from Central Missouri State University in 1986 with degrees in journalism and political science.

Beginning with the Rosa Parks Lecture on Social Justice and Activism in 2007 and annually since 2009 with the Martin Luther King Lecture Series, University of Missouri-Kansas City Division of Diversity and Inclusion honors the tremendous contributions of these individuals to the advancement of civil rights by bringing national thought leaders to campus. The Johnson County Library offers additional resources for those seeking education and civic engagement opportunities, including KC Race Project. This immersive library-sponsored social justice initiative aims to help high school students understand the history of structural racism in Kansas City and Johnson County and its impact on us today.

Plan to attend the Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture Series virtually on Tuesday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Registration is compulsory and admission is free. Visit the event page on to learn more and register.

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