Chancellor's MLK Student Appreciation Event

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You are Invited: Virtual Celebration

As a part of UAA's commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we are recognizing UAA students who make positive contributions to our institution by:

  • serving in a variety of leadership roles in student organizations,
  • working behind the scenes for numerous departments, and
  • giving of themselves in their courses above and beyond the expected.

Taken from Dr. King's theme, "Everyone makes a difference," we are proud to honor these students as individuals who have made a difference through their work to the UAA community.

  Access Virtual UAA Chancellor's MLK Student Appreciation Celebration

Join us virtually on Friday, February 4 at 11:30 am as we honor students recommended by UAA staff and faculty as making positive contributions to their community and to celebrate the ideals of Dr. King. Our appreciation program will feature remarks from the UAA Chancellor, USUAA President, and the Fall undergraduate commencement speaker, and feature a keynote speech by Dr. Frank Leon Roberts.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking to the crowd at the Washington Monument.


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Frank Leon Roberts

Keynote speaker Frank Leon Roberts is a political organizer on the frontlines of the blacklivesmatter movement. Recently referred to by Dr. Cornel West as one of the young “powerhouse intellectuals” of his generation, Frank has been an active organizer on the ground both in Ferguson and throughout New York City. He is currently on the faculty at New York University, where he teaches the nation's first Black Lives Matter course.

He is the co-founder (with CNN contributor Keith Boykin) of the National Black Justice Coalition based in Washington, DC. Frank is also the creator of, a national online resource that educates the public on the history of the blacklivesmatter movement and provides tools for teaching BLM in classroom settings.

A New York City native, he attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and Yale University, and now calls Harlem home.