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MLK Lecture: Basil Smikle Jr. Ph.D.

2023-01-15 14:00:00 2023-01-15 16:00:00 America/New_York MLK Lecture: Basil Smikle Jr. Ph.D. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture is sponsored by the Akron Summit County Public Library and the Eta Tau Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Main Library - Atrium, Meeting Room 1, Meeting Room 2AB, Meeting Room 3, Auditorium

Sunday, January 15
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Add to Calendar 2023-01-15 14:00:00 2023-01-15 16:00:00 America/New_York MLK Lecture: Basil Smikle Jr. Ph.D. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture is sponsored by the Akron Summit County Public Library and the Eta Tau Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Main Library - Atrium, Meeting Room 1, Meeting Room 2AB, Meeting Room 3, Auditorium

Main Library

Atrium, Meeting Room 1, Meeting Room 2AB, Meeting Room 3, Auditorium

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture is sponsored by the Akron Summit County Public Library and the Eta Tau Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

In addition to being a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Dr. Basil Smikle Jr. is a Distinguished Lecturer and Director of the Public Policy Program at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College-City University of New York.  He also lectures at Columbia University in the School of International and Public Affairs and Teachers College.  With over 15 years in higher education and 25 years of a career dedicated to public service, Basil regularly shares insights on electoral politics, governance, and public policy on national media outlets such as MSNBC, CNN, Bloomberg News, The Hill, The New York Times and The Washington Post. He holds a Ph.D. in Politics and Education and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University and received a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University. 

Basil has become a leading voice on some of the most pressing issues of the day, including criminal justice reform, ballot access, civic engagement, and education. As a member of 100 Black Men, he helped start the Eagle Academy in the Bronx, which has grown to 6 schools in New York and New Jersey.  For his work, Basil received numerous awards, including citations from the New York State Governor and Comptroller for his commitment to public service and education equity.

This is a free event. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors to the auditorium will open at 1:30 pm.

Free parking is available in the High Street parking deck on weekends.

Main Library

Phone: 330.643.9000
Branch manager
Michael Bianchi

Hours
Mon, Feb 19 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Tue, Feb 20 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Wed, Feb 21 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Thu, Feb 22 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Fri, Feb 23 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Feb 24 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Feb 25 1:00PM to 5:00PM

About the branch

Main Library, located in the heart of downtown Akron, combines compelling public space with meaningful and relevant public library services for all members of our community. Since opening in 2004, the downtown library welcomes more than one million visitors each year.

Subject divisions include: Business, Government & Science, Culture & AV, Magazines & Newspapers, Special Collections (local history & genealogy), TechZone@Main, Teen, and a 12,000 square feet Children's Library.

Special services available at Main Library include: a Patent & Trademark Resource Center; U.S. Passport and Notary services; a Microbusiness Center; a Maker Space; a resource lab for early childhood educators; and regularly scheduled computer training classes. Also available at Main Library are more than 125 public access computers, color photocopiers/printers, laminating, scanning, faxing, and free Wi-Fi.

Specialized spaces include a 425-seat auditorium, public meeting rooms, and a used bookstore. An interior glass block walkway leads to a 600-space parking garage owned by the City of Akron. An outdoor amphitheater and landscaped park complete the complex.

Upcoming Events

Thu, Feb 22, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room

Thu, Feb 22, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Registration is now closed

Thu, Feb 22, 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Microbusiness Center

Thu, Feb 22, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Thu, Feb 22, 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Teen Meeting Room
This event is full

Thu, Feb 22, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium

Sat, Feb 24, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Auditorium,Atrium,Meeting Room 1,Meeting Room 2AB,Meeting Room 3

Mon, Feb 26, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Children's Library Programming Room,Children's Library RECE Lab

Wed, Feb 28, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Feb 28, 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Thu, Feb 29, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room

Thu, Feb 29, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Quiet Study Room 1

Thu, Feb 29, 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Microbusiness Center

Thu, Feb 29, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Teen Meeting Room

Thu, Feb 29, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium

Sat, Mar 02, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Auditorium

Mon, Mar 04, 10:30am - 11:30am
Children's Library Programming Room

Tue, Mar 05, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TechZone

Wed, Mar 06, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Mar 06, 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Business, Government & Science

Wed, Mar 06, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TechZone

Wed, Mar 06, 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Children's Library Programming Room

Thu, Mar 07, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room

Thu, Mar 07, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TechZone

Thu, Mar 07, 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Microbusiness Center

Thu, Mar 07, 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Teen Meeting Room

Thu, Mar 07, 6:15pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium

Sat, Mar 09, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Garden Trio Corridor,Meeting Room 2AB,Meeting Room 1

Sat, Mar 09, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Children's Library Programming Room

Sat, Mar 09, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
TechZone

Mon, Mar 11, 10:30am - 11:30am
Children's Library Programming Room

Wed, Mar 13, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Mar 13, 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Business, Government & Science

Wed, Mar 13, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Zoom

Wed, Mar 13, 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Children's Library Programming Room

Wed, Mar 13, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Thu, Mar 14, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room

Thu, Mar 14, 11:30am - 1:00pm
Meeting Room 1

Thu, Mar 14, 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Microbusiness Center

Thu, Mar 14, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Teen Meeting Room

Thu, Mar 14, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium

Thu, Mar 14, 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Sat, Mar 16, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Children's Library Programming Room,Children's Library RECE Lab

Mon, Mar 18, 10:30am - 11:30am
Children's Library Programming Room

Wed, Mar 20, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Mar 20, 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Business, Government & Science

Wed, Mar 20, 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Children's Library Programming Room

Wed, Mar 20, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Teen Meeting Room

Thu, Mar 21, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room

Thu, Mar 21, 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Microbusiness Center

Thu, Mar 21, 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Teen Meeting Room

Thu, Mar 21, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium

Sat, Mar 23, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Computer Lab 2

Sat, Mar 23, 10:30am - 11:15am
Meeting Room 2AB

Sat, Mar 23, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Children's Library Programming Room