Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give, to lead MLK Day events
The School has curated a line-up of interactive cultural enrichment opportunities to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and honor the Civil Rights leader's quest for social justice and equity. The Conroy Distinguished Visitors Program brings Angie Thomas, author of the best-selling young adult novel and movie The Hate U Give, to Millville to deliver a School-wide keynote address on MLK Day, Monday, January 21. Her book about the impact of police brutality has on an urban teen who attends a suburban independent school, will catalyze discussions on race, social justice, and how to engage in constructive conversations with others on these topics.
Two musical performances will bookend Thomas' visit. The night before MLK Day, students and faculty will experience The Legacy Show, a live concert with noted violinist Tami Lee Hughes celebrating the contributions of African American composers to music, as part of the School’s Keiser Concert Series. The School will end its MLK Day observance with a performance by Camerata Baltimore, a gospel choir that celebrates diversity in the choral arts and exposes underserved communities to the art form.
The Conroy Distinguished Visitors program was established to stimulate and inspire students in the School, to enlarge their view of life, and to suggest directions in which they can serve their country and their communities effectively. Through this program, outstanding leaders in various fields are invited to the School for discussions, meetings, School-wide performances, and lectures. Conroy Visitors have included poet Robert Frost, poet/author Maya Angelou, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Chicago Symphony Singers, U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Ben Zander, and FBI Director Robert Mueller '62.