This year’s annual Queens College Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemoration will take place virtually on Jan. 16 at 3 p.m. 

The theme for this year’s event is We Are Not Satisfied: There Is a Long, Long Way To Go In the Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and will celebrate King’s legacy evoking his May 13, 1965, appearance as the inaugural speaker in the college’s John F. Kennedy Memorial Lecture Series. King emphasized the power of peaceful resistance in his address to students. 

Trey McLaughlin and The Sounds of Zamar, a choir from Augusta, Georgia, will offer a short virtual performance of their adaptations of contemporary gospel, pop, and musical theatre hits. In a video made for the occasion, five alumni who attended King’s speech—Noel Hankin ’68, Elliot Linzer ’80, then-Student Association President Ronald Pollack ’65, Wayne Price ’66, and Mike Wenger ’65—will share their memories of the event. The event is free and open to the public. Go to to register.

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