Brief: ALANA Announces Bishop Edwin C. Bass as MLK Celebration Keynote Speaker

The ALANA Cultural Center released the itinerary for Colgate University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration week on Tuesday, previewing the event that will take place from Jan. 23 through 29, 2023. As a “proud Colgate tradition,” the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration celebrates the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. King each year at the beginning of the spring semester.

Bishop Edwin C. Bass ’71 will serve as the keynote speaker, delivering his address on Thursday, Jan. 26. Bass established a lasting legacy during his time at Colgate, participating in a sit-in in 1968 and helping to create the ALANA Cultural Center, according to the Dec. 6 email. In addition to his legacy at Colgate, he has served on the board of numerous community-building organizations such as the St. Louis Transitional Hope House and Grace Hill Economic Development Corporation.

An opening ceremony will be held on Monday, Jan. 23 featuring Professor of Political Science Nina Moore, junior speaker Kwabena Owusu Ansah, the Safety Fourth Band, the Colgate Resolutions, the Wolfpack dance group and Sipsam dance group. Students and members of the Colgate community can also participate in events such as a social justice summit and a day of service, among other events that focus on King’s legacy and influence.