Expressions of King's Legacy

Join us to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 from 12-2PM.

Keynote: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi 

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News racial justice contributor. His relentless and passionate research puts into question the notion of a post-racial society and opens readers’ and audiences’ eyes to the reality of racism in America today. He also produced five straight #1 New York Times bestsellers, including How to Be an Antiracist, Antiracist Baby, and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored by Jason Reynolds. For more information on Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, please visit

Expressions of King’s Legacy will include musical performances by famed Rochester-based musician and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra trumpeter Herb Smith and the Freedom Trio.

Freedom trio emerged from our natural need to express ourselves. Formed in May 2013, members of the group have a varied musical background, honed over decades of performing here and abroad. Incorporating jazz, rock, classical, blues, gospel, and Indian classical musics, to name a few, these different styles and generas play a crucial role in the creation of their original compositions. "We decided to put together the band we always wished for but never had."

The group consists of Herb Smith on trumpet, Peter Chwazik on Bass and Joe Parker on drums. With the use of odd rhythms, hypnotic loops, grounding bass lines, soaring trumpet melodies, and electronic enhancements, you are sure to be liberated with the Freedom Trio.

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When and Where
January 30, 2024
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Room/Location: Gordon Field House

Open to the Public

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