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King & Faith: Art & The Urgency of Now

January 28, 2018

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Eisner award-winning graphic artist and art professor John Jennings in conversation with KQED’s Brian Watt.

About the conversation

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Riverside Church, New York City, 4 April 1967


This series is presented in partnership with The Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation with the goal of engaging the wider scholarly, theological, clerical and lay communities in contemporary contemplation of Dr. King, his message and his work. Organized around the MLK2018 theme of the Urgency of Now, the conversations are designed to create a space to critique, analyze and thoughtfully question assumptions about King and faith, King and community and King and society, and to ignite greater dialogue and programs of action that will infuse “where we go from here.”

About the speakers

John Jennings is professor of media and cultural studies and a cooperating faculty member in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside. His work centers around intersectional narratives regarding identity politics and popular media. Jennings is co-editor of the Eisner award-winning essay collection The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art and co-founder/organizer of the Schomburg Center’s Black Comic Book Festival in Harlem. He is co-founder and organizer of the NorCalMLK Foundation’s Black Comix Arts Festival in San Francisco and also Sol-Con: The Brown and Black Comix Expo at the Ohio State University. Jennings sits on the editorial advisory boards for The Black Scholar and the new Ohio State press imprint New Suns: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Speculative. He is currently the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at The Hutchins Center, Harvard University.

Brian Watt is the host of KQED Public Radio’s flagship program Morning Edition. Prior to dedicating himself full-time to journalism, as an actor Brian appeared on TV shows including The West Wing and The District and performed in Europe and South America. After graduating from Yale in 1990, Brian served as a personal assistant to U.S. Senator Harris Wofford before becoming campaign manager for his father Mel Watt’s successful congressional campaign.


About MLK2018: The Urgency of Now



Gresham Hall


Free and open to all


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