MLK Week: Kiah Morris Keynote

January 20-24 marks Champlain College’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week of Learning and Engagement. Author, advocate, and performance artist Kiah Morris (pronounced “Ky-yah”) will lead us in a discussion around “Advocacy and Activism: Advancing Social Justice Together.” Morris is most recognized for her political career and as a past member of the Vermont Legislature, where she served in the general assembly as a State Representative from 2014-2016 and 2016-2018.

January 20 @ 3:30 PM
Students, faculty, staff, and the Burlington community
MLK Week: Kiah Morris Keynote
Monday, January 20
3:30 pm-5:00 pm
Center for Communication and Creative Media, Champlain Room
375 Maple Street
Burlington, Vermont
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Morris is the first African-American and person of color elected from Bennington County and the second African-American woman to be elected to the legislature in Vermont history.  Her story of success, and then premature resignation from her post, as the only Black female lawmaker in Vermont last year made national headlines when over four dozen media outlets including CNN, The Huffington Post, New York Times and Washington Post, chronicled her story of years of racial harassment. In addition to her distinctive political career, Morris has an accomplished artistic career as an actress of stage, film and television, spoken word performance, as a singer, dancer and arts manager. Her work as a diversity, equity and inclusion consultant focuses on the amplification of the voice of the oppressed, issues of human rights and social justice. She is the co-owner of TESA Collective Cooperative, Director of the Vermont Coalition for Ethnic and Social Equity in Schools, and Sisters on the Planet Ambassador for Oxfam America. As part of the scheduled events, Morris will spend additional time connecting with various community members and will advance our event theme, Advocacy and Activism: Advancing Social Justice Together, through her presentation.
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