JUNE 18 - 21, 2015

Celebrating Civil Rights & Social Justice
at Antioch College

In 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the commencement address to the graduating class. Fifty years later, Antioch College will graduate its first class since reopening. A class of pioneers in their own right, just like many members of the class of 1965 and thousands of alumni in between. Click here to hear Dr. King's 1965 commencement address.


We are honored that Clarence Jones will be joining us to offer the Commencement Address. 

Dr. Jones is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of San Francisco and Scholar/Writer in Residence at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute at Stanford University. 

He served as political advisor, counsel and speechwriter for the Reverend Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr. In that role he coordinated the legal defense of Dr. King and other leaders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference against the libel suits filed against them and The New York Times by the police commissioner and other city officials of Birmingham, AL. The Supreme Court ruling in this case - Sullivan vs. The New York Times - resulted in the landmark decision on the current law of libel. In April 1963, he drafted the settlement agreement between the City of Birmingham and Martin Luther King, Jr. to bring about the end of demonstrations and the desegregation of department stores and public accommodations. 

Dr. Jones assisted Dr. King in the drafting of his celebrated "I Have A Dream" speech that he delivered at the March On Washington, August 28th 1963. In September 1971, he again found himself at the center of history-in-the-making when, at the request of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller; he was requested to help negotiate an end to the historic Attica prison inmate rebellion.

He is co-author of "WHAT WOULD MARTIN SAY?" 2008, "BEHIND THE DREAM-The Making of the Speech That Transformed A Nation", 2011 


Antioch College is excited to announce award-winning writer Mia McKenzie will serve as the keynote speaker on Friday, June 19, for the College’s Reunion and Commencement Dinner. McKenzie, was selected as speaker by the Class of 2015--our most recent members of the Alumni Association. 

Creator of Black Girl Dangerous, a multi-faceted forum for the literary and artistic expression of queer and trans people of color,
McKenzie’s work promotes understanding of issues from race and queerness to class and gender—areas of relevance and passion for Antioch students and alumni. McKenzie, a self-described black feminist and queer, provides a fresh, witty and insightful viewpoint that encourages readers to look deeper when contemplating these topics.

Click here to learn more.

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