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NBC Legal Analyst Keynote at Clemson's Tuesday MLK Event

Maya Wiley recognized nationally as a leading legal authority on racial and social justice who apprears regularly on NBC News, will be the keynote speaker Tuesday at 6 p.m. as Clemson University honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.

Maya Wiley, keynote speaker for Clemson University MLK Commemorative Service

Wiley’s speech will be tied to this year’s theme, “This is America: Miseducation, Re-education, Liberation.”

“The 2019 MLK planning committee wanted this year’s celebration to give voice to the experiences of people within the United States who are not often highlighted,” said Kendra Stewart-Tillman, director of the Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Multicultural Center. “Given Maya Wiley’s experience of activism in advancing civil rights, we thought she would be a great choice to serve as the keynote speaker.”

Wiley received her law degree from Columbia University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Dartmouth College.

Wiley is the senior vice president for social justice and Henry J. Cohen professor at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at The New School in New York. She also co-chairs the School Diversity Working Group at the New York City Department of Education.

Wiley regularly lends her expertise as a legal analyst and civil rights activist to NBC News and MSNBC news programs. One of the more memorable on-air moments with Wiley happened in 2018 on MSNBC’s “The Beat” with Ari Melber. Wiley advised Sam Nunberg, former political adviser to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, to comply with a subpoena from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who heads the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. Nunberg told Melber and Wiley he wouldn’t go to jail if he didn’t testify.Nunberg later told the Washington Post, Wiley’s advice prompted him to change his mind about cooperating with Mueller.

In addition to Wiley’s visit, the Gantt Multicultural Center will host:

  • A blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the Hendrix Student Center in meeting rooms A and B. Donating blood reflects King’s commitment to helping others.
  • An oratorical contest at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in 100 Vickery Hall. The contest gives students the opportunity to reflect and speak on the MLK celebration theme by considering Childish Gambino’s song, “This is America.”
  • The return of the Tunnel of Oppression from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, in Hendrix Student Center ballrooms A and B. The Tunnel of Oppression is a series of simulations that depict real-life scenarios of power, privilege and oppression.

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