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Prestigious Speakers Discuss Overcoming Systemic Racism at 2023 MLK Symposium Keynote Lecture; MLK Spirit Awards Recognize Students


The Ross School of Business and the University of Michigan recently welcomed three highly acclaimed speakers to participate in the keynote address for the 37th Annual U-M Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium.

The speakers – Dr. Aletha Maybank, Edward Buckles, and Jalen Rose – addressed the symposium’s theme: “(R)evolution: From Segregation to Elevation.” Speaking first, Maybank spoke about the history of racism in the American Medical Association, as well as the steps that have been taken toward progress and reparations. Buckles examined the inequalities and racism that was exacerbated by Hurricane Katrina and captured in his debut documentary, Katrina Babies. Finally, Rose discussed the systemic barriers to education that exist in society today and how we can work to overcome them.

The panelists’ presentations were followed by a moderated discussion with Professor Earl Lewis, director and founder of the U-M Center for Social Solutions and Thomas C. Hold Distinguished University Professor.

Watch the Keynote Address


MLK Spirit Awards

In addition to the Annual U-M Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium, three students from Michigan Ross were recently among 13 undergraduate students from across the university who were recently recognized for the 18th Annual MLK Spirit Awards.

Annie Wang, BBA ’23; Roman Rhone, BBA ’24; and Karma Karira, BBA ’23 received the MLK spirit award for exemplifying the leadership and vision of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. After having been nominated by faculty or staff and submitting an essay describing their work to foster equity, inclusivity, and social justice, the award winners were honored at a ceremony highlighting the ways that students have worked to carry on King’s legacy.

Annie Wang, BBA '23
Roman Rhone, BBA '24
Karma Karira, BBA '23