Lupita Nyong'o, Black Thought, Yara Shahidi, Allan Houston and More Perform at "MLK Now" 2018

On MLK Day, more than 2,000 people filled Harlem’s Riverside Church to see performances by Oscar-Winner and “BLACK PANTHER” Star Lupita Nyong’o, Grammy Winning Artist Black Thought, Actor and “GROWN-ISH” Star Yara Shahidi, NBA Legend Allan Houston, and more at the third annual “MLK Now.” Comedian/Author Baratunde Thurston and Comedian/Writer Akilah Hughes served as the official MC's for the program. 

The Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) was thrilled to kick off our 10th year anniversary celebrations by co-hosting the event alongside Blackout for Human RightsColor of ChangePICO National Network, and The Root. The free event featured speech and musical performances, as well as an all-women led panel discussion. In honor of Dr. King’s legacy and message, Nyong’o, Black Thought, Shahidi and Houston joined other dynamic actors in bringing to life his words, and those of other revolutionary figures.

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The full list of speeches and performances at MLK Now 2018 included:

Actress Lupita Nyong’o – Kathleen Neal Cleaver’s “History is a Weapon”

Emcee/Actor Black Thought -- Toni Morrison’s 1975 Address at Portland State

Actress Yara Shahidi – Assata Shakur’s “Affirmation” (Video Recorded)

NBA Legend Allan Houston -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter to Coretta”

Actress Amanda Warren (“The Leftovers”, “Black Mirror”) -- Coretta Scott King – Dr. King’s “Ten Commandants on Vietnam”

Actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (“The Getdown”, “Aquaman”) -- Erica Garner’s “Black Lives Like My Father’s Should Matter”

Tony-Nominated Actress Saycon Sengbloh (“Scandal”, “FELA!”) -- Anna Julia Cooper’s “Where and When I Enter”

“In our 10th Anniversary year, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement is proud to be co-hosting “MLK Now” again, for the third time, with Blackout for Human Rights and our co-hosting partners to celebrate Dr. King's legacy, and the resonance of his words and message today,” said CBMA CEO Shawn Dove. “While our narrow-lens focus is building beloved communities for Black men and boys, we believe strongly in the importance of solidarity and community to create a future where all people can thrive. CBMA is proud to be involved with this event, and remains a committed ally in ushering forth transformative change for our communities, cities, nation, and world.”

On the musical side, performers at “MLK Now” 2018 included Composer/Pianist Samora Pinderhughes (who also serves as Blackout’s Musical Director); Dancer Brinae Ali, accompanied by jazz musicians Ben Williams, Salim Ajanku, Omari Bey, and Sean Jones; Emcee/Activist Tef Poe; and Grammy-Nominated Gospel Artist Jonathan McReynolds

In addition, “MLK Now” 2018 featured a panel discussion moderated by Danielle Belton, Editor-In-Chief of The Root (which served as the event's official media partner) and with Political Strategist/Commentator Symone D. Sanders; Activist/Journalist Rosa Clemente; Women’s March National Co-Chair Carmen Perez; and Political Consultant/Operative Dejuana Thompson. “MLK Now” also integrated a series of calls-to-action around issues related to solidarity with women and LGBTQ people, intersectionality, immigration reform, the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, and state-sanctioned violence.

To continue the conversations sparked at "MLK Now", follow the hashtags #MLKNow and #MLKNow2018. You can also stay up to date on upcoming events celebrating CBMA's 10th anniversary with the hashtag #CBMATurns10!