Kent State Holds Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration With Virtual Program Featuring Filmmaker Dawn Porter

Dawn Porter Headshot
Kent State University will hold its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, to celebrate King’s life and legacy. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Dawn Porter will serve as this year’s keynote speaker. The virtual program is free and open to the public.

Porter’s work has appeared on HBO, PBS, Discovery and Netflix, among others. She currently serves as a director and executive producer of an Apple TV documentary series with Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry, which focuses on both mental illness and mental well-being.

Porter directed and produced the acclaimed four-hour Netflix original series “Bobby Kennedy for President,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2018. She is a two-time Sundance Film Festival director, and her film “Trapped” won the Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking at Sundance in 2016, in addition to winning a Peabody and numerous other awards.

To watch a livestream of the program on Jan. 27, visit www.kent.edu/diversity/MLK.

To view Kent State’s 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Events Calendar, visit www.kent.edu/diversity/mlk-celebration-calendar-events.

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Award-winning documentary filmmaker Dawn Porter will serve as this year’s keynote speaker at Kent State University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. The virtual event will take place Jan. 27.

Media Contacts:
Eric Mansfield, emansfie@kent.edu, 330-672-2797
Emily Vincent, evincen2@kent.edu, 330-672-8595

POSTED: Monday, January 24, 2022 - 11:28am
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 5:12am