Quest for the Bread of Love: Radical Community Care
The 2022 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Celebration, Wednesday, January 26, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm, Held virtually
Join the Africana Center, the President’s Office, the Provost's Office, Tisch College of Civic Life, and the University Chaplaincy, for the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Celebration. This year’s theme, Quest for the Bread of Love: Radical Community Care is based on the 1967 sermon, “A Knock at Midnight," quoted below. The event will orient the Tufts community to the commitment that both Rev. Dr. King and Coretta Scott King shared to deep care of one another, self, and community, in the midst of the quest for justice and transformation. We will welcome local activists Dr. Makeeba McCreary of the New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund, Imari Paris Jeffries of King Boston, and Tufts student leaders Amma Agyei, E22 and René LaPointe Jameson, E22 to a panel to collectively reflect on the commitment shared by the Rev. Dr. King and Coretta Scott King to each other and their community. This is the first public event of three to bring us together as a community to deepen our understanding of the radical work of the Kings, and to continue to shape Tufts into a place of true belonging, equity, and care.
The event will take place virtually, and include closed captioning. Please email University Chaplaincy program manager Nora Bond with any questions or accessibility needs.
"When you stop hoping, you’re dying...in the midst of this hopelessness, men and women reach out for the bread of hope. Then, that is the quest for the bread of love. Everybody needs this bread." -A Knock at Midnight, 1967
Pre-Celebration Virtual Lunch with Rev. Carrington Moore
Join Rev. Carrington Moore, Director of Community Organizing at King Boston, for an interactive discussion about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s sermon, "A Knock at Midnight," in which this year's excerpt on the bread of hope, faith and love is found. Rev. Moore will offer theological and pastoral perspectives both on this sermon and on King as preacher and activist. No preparation is required. We look forward to a reflective and engaging conversation as we prepare for our Rev. Dr. MLK, Jr. Day of Celebration on January 26.
Katrina Moore is the Director of the Africana Center at Tufts, where she serves as a campus resource and educates the community on emerging issues regarding students of African descent. She is responsible for establishing the Center's vision and advocates on behalf of students in cases of intolerance and/or discrimination. She works closely with students and student organizations to develop effective programs and initiatives to enhance the co-curricular experience of students and build leadership skills. A sought-after campus leader, Katrina participates in committee assignments, both within the division and the broader Tufts community.
Anthony P. Monaco, President, Tufts University
Anthony P. Monaco became the thirteenth president of Tufts University on August 1, 2011. An accomplished leader, scientist and teacher, Dr. Monaco brings to the Tufts presidency deep-rooted commitments to academic excellence, diversity, access and inclusion, a global perspective, and a keen awareness of the power of higher education to impact individuals and society. As pro-vice-chancellor for planning and resources at Oxford University from 2007 until his arrival at Tufts, Dr. Monaco developed and led strategic-planning initiatives for academic programs, capital improvements and budgeting and resource allocation. He was an active steward of programs to make an Oxford education possible for students from a range of backgrounds. A distinguished geneticist, Dr. Monaco’s doctoral research led to a landmark discovery: the gene responsible for X-linked Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies. At Oxford, he led the Neurogenetics Group, a team of scientists investigating the genetic underpinnings of such neurodevelopmental disorders as autism, specific language impairment, and dyslexia. His research group was the first to identify a gene (FOXP2) specifically involved in human speech and language. Dr. Monaco directed Oxford University’s Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics from 1998-2007 and was then appointed as pro-vice-chancellor for planning and resources. At Tufts, President Monaco holds faculty appointments as a professor of biology in the School of Arts and Sciences and as a professor of neuroscience at Tufts University School of Medicine. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, he received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1981, and his M.D. and Ph.D. through Harvard Medical School’s Medical Scientist Training Program, where he specialized in the genetics of neurological disorders.
Dr. Kerri Greenidge
Dr. Kerri Greenidge is the Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professorship of Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora. She received her Doctorate in American Studies from Boston University, where her specialty included African-American history, American political history, and African-American and African diasporic literature in the post-emancipation and early modern era. Her research explores the role of African-American literature in the creation of radical Black political consciousness, particularly as it relates to local elections and Democratic populism during the Progressive Era. She has taught at Boston University, the University of Massachusetts, and Emerson College. Her work includes historical research for the Wiley-Blackwell Anthology of African-American Literature, the Oxford African American Studies Center, and PBS. For nine years she worked as a historian for Boston African American National Historical Site in Boston, through which she published her first book, Boston Abolitionists (2006). She is currently interim Director of American Studies at Tufts University, and co-director of the African American Trail Project at the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD).
Imari Paris Jeffries
Imari Paris Jeffries is the Executive Director at King Boston and the Senior Advisor to the President and CEO. In June 2020, Imari Paris Jeffries was named Executive Director of King Boston, where he is leading a citywide racial equity transformation through the Embrace Memorial, the Center for Economic Justice, and community organizing efforts. Imari brings a wealth of experience from the nonprofit management, racial equity, community activism, education reform, and social justice sectors and has served in executive roles at Parenting Journey, Jumpstart, Boston Rising, and Friends of The Children. He currently serves as a Trustee of the UMass System, Mass Humanities, Mass Budget, Policy Center, the United South End Settlement Houses, and Governor Baker's Black Advisory Commission. Most recently was the Executive Director of Parenting Journey with other leadership stints as Chief Executive Officer of the Italian Home for Children, Chief Operating Officer of Jumpstart, interim CEO of Boston Rising, and Executive Director of Friends of the Children-Boston. Imari has extensive professional experience in public, national, and nonprofit leadership and has supplemented his work with volunteer service on boards. These have included Jumpstart, the African American Federation of Greater Boston, Save the Harbor, Save the Bay, the Elizabeth Peabody House, the Massachusetts Mentoring Partnership, the Edward Brooke Charter School, The Providers Council, and Third Sector New England. Imari was recently named one of Boston’s most Influential Bostonians by Boston Magazine and the Boston Business Journals Power 50. He is a three-time graduate of UMass Boston and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. through UMass Boston's Higher Education Program. An Army veteran, Imari served from 1991-1996. He currently lives in Hyde Park with his family.
Dr. Makeeba McCreary
Dr. Makeeba McCreary serves as president of the New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund (NCF) in September 2021. NCF is a coalition founded of Black and Brown executives from Massachusetts’ leading corporations united to support Black and Brown communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic and in the wake of the brutal killing by police of George Floyd. In its first year, NCF raised $30 million toward its initial fundraising goal of $100 million, which will be used to support eligible nonprofit organizations and to build an ecosystem of area leaders and stakeholders committed to dismantling systemic racism in Boston and across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Makeeba joins NCF after two and a half years with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA). In her role she focused on audience development and integrating diverse perspectives through the lens of art. Prior to joining the MFA, Makeeba served as the Managing Director and Senior Advisor of External Affairs for Boston Public Schools, reporting directly to the Mayor and Superintendent of Schools and held several positions in philanthropic focused non-profits and corporations before working for the City of Boston.
Amma Agyei is a current undergraduate student majoring in Biomedical Engineering. Amma has served many roles on campus including Africana Community Senator, Black Student Union President, Africana Center Peer Leader, Teaching Assistant, and SQUAD pre-orientation coordinator. Amma currently represents the entire Tufts undergraduate student population as the TCU President. As TCU President, Amma is responsible for meeting with Tufts administrators to discuss student concerns and improve student life, allocating a $2 million budget to over 300 student organizations, and managing all TCU senators. Her reason for running for this position and any leadership position on campus is to ensure that marginalized voices are being heard and to help increase Black representation in positions of power.
René LaPointe Jameson
René LaPointe Jameson is a senior Balfour Scholar and Tisch Scholar at Tufts University who uses engineering as a tool for social justice. Passionate about environmental justice and health equity, René studies environmental engineering with a self-designed focus on race and justice. René has been community organizing since she was 14; she mobilized dozens of her peers to build and revitalize gardens, support banning single-use plastic bags in her town, create care packages for homeless shelters, and more. Today, René is the Food Justice Projects Coordinator at nonprofit Building Audacity. She coordinates a food distribution program that serves 650+ families impacted by food apartheid in Greater Boston. As part of her food justice work, René also co-directs the design and development of a community hydroponics center, for which she co-earned a $20,000+ grant to fully fund. In 2021, René received the Tufts University Presidential Award for Civic Life.
Reverend Elyse Nelson Winger
Rev. Elyse Nelson Winger became University Chaplain at Tufts University in October of 2020. She leads the Chaplaincy Team in supporting all religious, spiritual, and philosophical life at Tufts; educates about spiritual and ethical issues in society and the world; and coordinates pastoral care, multifaith initiatives, and strategic partnerships around the university and beyond. Before coming to Tufts, Rev. Nelson Winger served as Associate Dean of Students and Chaplain at Illinois Wesleyan University where she provided vision and leadership for religious, spiritual and multifaith life on campus and partnered with students, faculty and staff on a range of initiatives designed to support the University’s mission commitments to global citizenship, critical thinking, diversity, and the arts. She also led advocacy efforts related to students’ thriving, belonging, and well-being on campus and served as a Title IX deputy coordinator for student affairs.Rev. Nelson Winger is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and has served congregations in Cairo, Egypt, Dearborn, Michigan and Bloomington, Illinois. She has served as a committee or board member for numerous faith-based and non-profit organizations, including nine years of service on the Board of Directors for Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. She also enjoys writing and wrote a column for Gather magazine that twice received honorable mention in The Associated Church Press’ “The Best of the Christian Press” awards.