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MLK Now 2018

On Monday, January 15, 2018 (MLK Day) from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Blackout for Human Rights will host its 3rd Annual “MLK Now”, a free event celebrating the words and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Hosted in partnership with the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), Color of Change, PICO National Network, and The Root, MLK Now 2018 will feature Oscar-Winner and BLACK PANTHER star Lupita Nyong’o, Grammy-Winning Hip Hop MC/Lyricist Black Thought of The Roots, and A WRINKLE IN TIME star Storm Reid, with Comedian and Author Baratunde Thurston returning this year as event M.C. Additional performers for MLK Now 2018 will be announced later this week.

Since 2016, MLK Now has brought together a cross-section of artists, performers and thought-leaders to pay homage to Dr. King and other revolutionary figures throughout history. Influential artists and entertainers that have performed at MLK Now include Chris Rock, Olivia Wilde, Q-Tip, Harry Belafonte, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Octavia Spencer, Michael B. Jordan, Omari Hardwick, Olivia Wilde, Uzo Aduba, Andre Holland, Anika Noni Rose, J. Cole, Adepero Oduye, India.Arie, and more.

Admission to MLK Now is FREE and open to the public. Click here to register.

The talent line-up for MLK Now will be announced in the coming days! For real-time updates follow the hashtag #MLKNow2018.


  • Due to high attendance, entrance to the event is not guaranteed without pre-registration.
  • Doors open at 12:30p and will close at 1:50p so that the program may begin promptly at 2:00p. There is no reserved seating (all will be on a first-come, first-serve basis) so please arrive on time!
  • For security reasons, we highly advise against bringing large bags and/or purses to the event, which would slow down the check-in process and may cause additional delays.
Earlier Event: November 16
The Color of Whiteness (Session 4)
Later Event: January 28
The Third Reconstruction (Session 1)