Ibram X. Kendi gives keynote speech at U of R Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address

Updated: February 24, 2021 11:12 PM
Created: February 24, 2021 09:39 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — An award-winning author, professor and anti-racist activist, Ibram X. Kendi, was the keynote speaker at the University of Rochester.

The university is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address.

Kendi spoke virtually earlier Wednesday evening and there was a question and answer session with university student leaders following.

The conversation moved from MLK to police reform to the grand jury decision on Daniel Prude. 

"That those officers were freed because they were quote 'following procedure' says everything that's wrong with those officers and procedure," Kendi said. "Because to me just because you follow a procedure doesn't mean you should do it."

The MLK address was instituted by the university in 2001 to promote issues of diversity, freedom, civil rights and social justice in order to commemorate King's legacy.

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