If you can't make it to the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration on Friday, you can still take part in the remembrance. A live online broadcast of the event, scheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. in Turner Auditorium on the East Baltimore campus, will be available to anyone with a JHED login.
The annual commemoration was founded 35 years ago by cardiac surgeon and medical pioneer Levi Watkins Jr., who died in 2015, and has attracted a host of civil rights activists, celebrities, and elected officials as speakers.
This year's keynote speaker is Robert Higgins, surgeon-in-chief of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and director of the Department of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The hospital's first black department head, he will address the commemoration theme, "Moving forward together."
Other speakers are university President Ronald J. Daniels; Paul B. Rothman, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine; and Ronald R. Peterson, president of the Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine. U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the longest-serving female senator in U.S. history, will provide remarks.
To see memorable images of past speakers—among them, Coretta Scott King, Stevie Wonder, and U.S. Rep. John Lewis—watch this three-minute video. The voices you'll hear are those of Unified Voices, a choir of Johns Hopkins employees and community residents, who will be performing at Friday's event.