2018 MLK Agent of Change program

2018 MLK Agent of Change program

On Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. in Foundation Hall’s Manzulli Boardroom, Wagner College is proud to present the 2018 MLK Agent of Change program.

Each year, the college recognizes members of our community for their commitment to furthering legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. This year, we will recognize three change agents:

  • Faculty: Jonathan Blaize, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Student: Kaela Teele, Junior, Biology Major
  • Alumnus: Keith Stith ’88, Deputy Chief, Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, Criminal Investigations Division

L2R: Jonathan Blaize, Kaela Teele, Keith Stith, Nell Braxton Gibson

The 2018 MLK Agent of Change keynote speaker will be Nell Braxton Gibson. Gibson was the first woman to serve on the board of trustees at Yale University’s Berkeley Divinity School. In 1985, she was awarded an honorary doctor of divinity degree for her work in bringing more women and people of color onto the board. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in English and is listed in “Who’s Who Among African Americans.” Gibson is the former chairwoman of the New York Diocesan Committee on Reparations for Slavery. She was awarded the 2016 Bishop’s Cross from the Episcopal Diocese of New York for her social justice work. That same year, Gibson was featured in a New York Daily News Black History Month feature, “Unsung Heroes of Civil Rights.” In February 2017, she was shown with fellow civil rights activists on the television program, “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.” Her 2015 memoir is titled, “Too Proud to Bend: Journey of a Civil Rights Foot Soldier.”