ODEI Winter/Spring 2020 Programs

34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Monday, January 20, 2020, at 6 p.m.
Location: Fountain Street Church (24 Fountain St. NE)

FREE and open to the public. **Doors open at 5 p.m.** Seating is first-come, first-serve.

Yusef Salaam

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Yusef Salaam

Member of the Exonerated (Central Park) 5

In 1989, Salaam, age 15, was one of five teenagers accused and convicted of attacking a woman who was jogging in New York City’s Central Park. Collectively they became known as the Central Park Five, and their lives were upended and changed forever. In 2002, after spending between seven and thirteen years of their lives imprisoned, the convictions of the boys, now men, were overturned, and they were exonerated.

Toxic Masculinity: Consent, Silences and Institutional Complicity

Presented by RAP Sessions in collaboration with the Brother 2 Brother Network

Jasiri X

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at 6 p.m.
Location: Spectrum Theater

Moderator: Jasiri X

The first independent hip-hop artist to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Chicago Theological Seminary.


  • Darnell L. Moore, author of No Ashes in the Fire. Director of Inclusion Strategy for Content and Marketing at Netflix.
  • Mark Anthony Neal is chair of the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University.
  • Carlito Rodriguez, award-winning writer for the Fox TV series Empire and HBO’s The Leftovers, Rodriguez was recently named writer of Chance The Rapper’s upcoming film Hope.
  • Casey Philip Wong, a Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA’s Center for the Transformation of Schools and Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Language.

Diversity Lecture Series

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 6 p.m.
Location: Spectrum Theater

Speaker: Tuyet M. Le

Tuyet M. Le

Le is a consultant for nonprofit and government organizations. Previously, Ms. Le served as executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice.

Ms. Le is a polio survivor and came to the United States as a refugee at the age of three from Vietnam. Tuyet has used her lived experiences and platform to speak on a wide range of issues including immigration, disability rights, census, redistricting, and political empowerment.

Salute to Women

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Location: Sneden Hall, Room 108

GRCC will commemorate the 22nd Annual Salute to Women Award Reception with the inaugural Fannie Lou Hamer Colloquium. The Salute to Women Reception culminates Women’s History Month by honoring all nominees as well as award recipients. Nominations are due February 1, 2020.

Inaugural Fannie Lou Hamer Colloquium

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Regina N. Bradley

Dr. Regina Bradley

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Location: Sneden Hall, Room 108

The Fannie Lou Hamer Colloquium seeks to broaden the historical landscape of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights movement in America.

Dr. Regina N. Bradley is an alumna of the Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellowship at Harvard University, and an Assistant Professor of English and African Diaspora Studies at Kennesaw State University. Her expertise and research interests include post-Civil Rights African American literature, hip hop culture, and race and the contemporary U.S. South.

Diversity Lecture Series

Tuesday, April 7 at 6 p.m.
Location: Spectrum Theater

Speaker: Michael Skolnik

Michael Skolnik

Michael’s profile in the NY Times identified him as "the man you go to if you want to leverage the power of celebrity and the reach of digital media to soften the ground for social change."

Michael Skolnik is co-founder of The Soze Agency, a creative agency that works with companies to create campaigns rooted in compassion, authenticity, and equity. Earlier in his career, Michael served as President of Global Grind, a media company focused on a millennial audience.