Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019
3:30 p.m.
Kent Student Center Ballroom, Kent Campus

This event is free and open to the public but a ticket is required to attend.

About the Speaker

Angela Rye, principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, will join the university in celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 23 at 3:30 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. 
Ms. Rye offers regular on-air commentary for several media outlets including BET, CNN, MSNBC and TV One. The depth of her dialogue ranges from political campaigns to complex legislation with long-term national and international implications.
Ms. Rye is a graduate of the University of Washington and Seattle University School of Law. She currently serves on the boards of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, the Seattle University School of Law Alumni and Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network. Ms. Rye also serves as a senior advisor to the Government Technology and Services Coalition. She is a member of The Links Inc., the National Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Washington Government Relations Group.

Diversity Awards

As part of the commemoration, the university will announce the 2019 recipients of Kent State’s Diversity Trailblazer Award, which honors diversity pioneers associated with Kent State, and the Unity Award for Diversity, which recognizes the contributions of any Kent State unit that demonstrates significant contributions in the areas of diversity, equity and/or inclusion. 

New this year is the Student Diversity Award, which recognizes a student who has demonstrated a respect for, and value of, differing backgrounds and points of view within Kent State or surrounding communities.

Learn More About Previous Diversity Award Recipients

Diversity TrailblazerUnity Award for Diversity


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