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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation

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Smith Theatre - Oakland Community College

27055 Orchard Lake Rd

Farmington Hills, MI 48334

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The Convocation features keynote speaker, Desiree Cooper; a live performance by Oakland Early College's School of Rock; and inspiring student reflections on how Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy has effected their community and shaped their lives.

All guest are welcome to join us for the reception and book signing after the event in the Smith Theatre Lobby!


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Desiree Cooper is a 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, former attorney and Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist. Her debut collection of flash fiction, Know the Mother (Wayne State University Press, 2016), is a 2017 Michigan Notable Book that has won numerous awards, including a 2016 Foreword INDIES Finalist and a 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award. Cooper’s fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in The Best Small Fictions 2018, Callaloo, Michigan Quarterly Review, Hypertext Review, and Best African American Fiction 2010, among other online and print publications. Cooper is genre agnostic. In 2018, she translated one of her short fictions to video in “The Choice,” a short film about reproductive rights. The same year, she collaborated with the Director of Dance at The College William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, to create a dance inspired by the feminist themes of her short fiction. The performance called “Aloft” debuted in October, 2018. Cooper was a founding board member of Cave Canem, the pre-eminent national residency for emerging black poets, and has received residencies at Kimbilio and Ragdale.


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