Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, and it feels like this year, especially, most Americans need to take the time to reflect on King's esteemed legacy as a civil rights leader.
This weekend, Community Initiatives of NC
is hosting a conference in Raleigh
to honor King and continue his messages of empowerment and social justice. The conference heavily features music industry figures, but you don't have to be a big music fan to appreciate their knowledge and experience—they're bound to share some lessons with big applications.
One of the main events is a live Q&A between Mathew Knowles—Beyoncé and Solage's dad, and founder of Music World Entertainment
—and ABC11 anchor Joel Brown. There's also a panel featuring Brown with former Def Jam Records chief of staff Phil Robinson, new jack swing pioneer Teddy Riley
, former Motown president Kedar Massenberg, Black Girls Rock!
founder Beverly Bond, and Alexandra Morton, who was 2014's Miss Black America.
Together, they'll share their thoughts on their lives and careers—the various barriers and obstacles they've faced, and what they've learned as they've risen to the tops of their respective fields.
The keynote speaker is Naomi King
, whose husband, A.D. King, Sr., was MLK's brother. In 2014, she published the book AD and ML King: Two Brothers Who Dared to Dream
, which will be the basis of her Saturday presentation.
Tickets are free, but you can reserve your spot in advance here