Dawn Porter to speak at Cornell MLK Jr. Commemoration

WHAT: Dawn Porter to speak at Cornell’s 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration

WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6 p.m.

WHERE: State Theatre, 107 W. State St., Ithaca, NY

MEDIA: The event is free and open to the public.

ITHACA, N.Y. – Criminal justice reformer, attorney and filmmaker Dawn Porter is the featured speaker for Cornell University’s 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration, Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. at the State Theatre in downtown Ithaca.

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration aspires to make King’s life and legacy accessible for contemporary times. Speakers are scholars, activists, journalists and religious leaders influenced by and continuing King’s work, including those who worked directly with or knew the civil rights leader.

A free screening of Porter’s award-winning HBO documentary “Gideon’s Army,” which follows three public defenders in the Deep South, is Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. at Cinemapolis in downtown Ithaca. The film has been used to engage local communities on issues of indigent defense, the American justice system and socio-economic influences on crime.

For more information on this event, see this Cornell Chronicle story.

Lindsey Hadlock
office: 607-255-6121
cell: 607-269-6911

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