Tufts University Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 2019
Each year, Tufts University hosts a celebration honoring the life and work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s program begins with students sharing stories of resilience and hope that center around the quote from Dr. King’s 1964 speech at the Methodist Student Leadership Conference. After a light dinner, Tufts’ welcomes back Christina Greer, J00, and Zerlina Maxwell, A03 for a conversation on the themes of resilience and hope. Learn more about this event, and our speakers, at chaplaincy.tufts.edu/MLK.
“All I’m saying is simply this: that all life is interrelated, and in a real sense we are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly… I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”
–The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Methodist Student Leadership Conference Address, Delivered December 1964, Lincoln, Nebraska
Outline of the Day
4-5 p.m. – Grace Talusan and Student Stories on Hope and Resilience
5-5:30 p.m. – Light Dinner Available
5:30-7 p.m. – A Conversation with Christina Greer, J00, and Zerlina Maxwell, A03
With thanks to the Africana Center, the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, the Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, Grace Talusan, the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Tisch College of Civic Life, and the University Chaplaincy.
MLK Symposium Presenter Bios
Christina Greer, J00, Associate Professor of Political Science and American Studies at Fordham University
Christina Greer is an Associate Professor of Political Science and American Studies at Fordham University (Lincoln Center Campus). She is currently the 2018 Fellow for the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University Silver School of Social Work.
Her primary research and teaching interests are racial and ethnic politics, American urban centers, presidential politics, and campaigns and elections. Her additional research interests also include transportation, mayors and public policy in urban centers. Her previous work has compared criminal activity and political responses in Boston and Baltimore as well as Baltimore and St. Louis.
Prof. Greer’s book Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream (Oxford University Press, 2013 ) investigates the increasingly ethnically diverse black populations in the US from Africa and the Caribbean and was the recipient of the WEB du Bois Best Book Award in 2014 given by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. Professor Greer is currently writing her second manuscript and conducting research on the history of all African Americans who have run for the executive office in the U.S.
She is a member of the board of BAJI (Black Alliance for Just Immigration), The Tenement Museum in NYC, the Human Services Council, Community Change, The Riders Alliance, and serves on the Advisory Board at Tufts University. She is also an ardent supporter of FIERCE in NYC and Project South in Atlanta, GA.
She is a frequent political commentator on several media outlets, primarily MSNBC and NY1, and is often quoted in media outlets such as the NYTimes, Wall Street Journal, Newsday, and the AP. She is the producer and host of The Aftermath on Ozy.com and also writes a weekly column for The Amsterdam News, the oldest black newspaper in the U.S.
Greer received her B.A. from Tufts University and her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.
Zerlina Maxwell, A03, Director of Progressive Programming for SiriusXM
Zerlina Maxwell is the Director of Progressive Programming for SiriusXM and a Political Analyst for NBC/MSNBC. She was the Director of Progressive Media for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. She worked in the campaign’s press office pitching coverage to progressive media outlets and curating daily messaging for online influencers. She also acted as a campaign spokesperson for the Presidential Debates.
She is also a speaker, and writer for a variety of national media outlets. Her writing focused on national politics, candidates, and specific policy and culture issues including race, feminism, domestic violence, sexual assault, victim blaming and gender inequality.
She has consulted with the United States Department of State to promote the use of social media by students in the West Bank and is a frequent speaker at colleges, universities, and organizations. Zerlina is one of the most influential speakers and writers on the issues of campus sexual assault and rape culture in the United States.
In 2016, Zerlina joined pop superstar Lady Gaga on stage at the 88th annual Academy Awards as part of a special performance of her nominated smash, Til’ It Happens to You from the film The Hunting Ground. Zerlina has been profiled in the New York Times as a top political twitter voice to follow during the 2012 election season and she was selected by TIME as one of the best Twitter feeds in 2014. In 2015, Zerlina was also one of five journalists invited to travel on Air Force One with President Obama on his trip to Selma for the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.
Zerlina’s has hosted live political and celebrity interviews for The Huffington Post and her writing has appeared in The New York Daily News, The Washington Post, JET Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, on theGrio.com, BET.com, Feministing.com, CNN.com, and in other mainstream media outlets.
She has a law degree from Rutgers Law School – Newark and a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University.