The Rev. Starsky Wilson, a nationally recognized children's rights and racial equity champion who in December succeeded Marian Wright Edelman as president of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) and a Duke Divinity School alumnus, will deliver the keynote address for Duke University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 3 p.m.
An activist and philanthropist who served as chief executive of the church-linked Deaconess Foundation in St. Louis from 2011 until his new appointment, Wilson will speak on “Voices of the Movement,” the commemoration theme.
Wilson, who holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Duke, served as co-chair of the Ferguson Commission, a group that recommended reforms after the 2014 police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The commission’s report called for sweeping changes in policing, the criminal justice system, child well-being and economic mobility.
The program, which will be livestreamed, can be viewed here.