New York Times best-selling author, Bettina L. Love, PhD, will be Fairfield University’s keynote speaker at the 2024 Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation entitled “Punished For Dreaming: The Case for Abolitionist Teacher and Educational Reparations,”on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

This year’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. observance takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the Quick Center for the Arts. The convocation is free and open to the public.

A week of programming celebrating the life and influence of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be held from Feb. 5 to 9. Events include A Celebration of Activism, Vision Awards Reception, Youth Leadership Academy, and more. You can learn more and register here.

About the Speaker

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Bettina Love

Dr. Love is the William F. Russell Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University and author of the New York Times bestseller Punished for Dreaming: How School Reform Harms Black Children and How We Heal.

In 2022, the Kennedy Center named Dr. Love one of the Next 50 Leaders making the world more inspired, inclusive, and compassionate. A co-founder of the Abolitionist Teaching Network (ATN), whose mission is to develop and support teachers and parents fighting injustice within their schools and communities, she has overseen over $250,000 in grants to abolitionists around the country.

She is also a founding member of the task force that launched the program In Her Hands, one of the largest guaranteed income pilot programs in the U.S., which has distributed more than $15 million to Black women living in Georgia.

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