Shaun King shares more than just a last name with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

As a journalist and civil rights leader, Shaun King’s passion for equality and accountability from law enforcement has catapulted him to one of the nation’s foremost leaders in the fight against social injustice.

He will speak about his experiences and activism Jan. 23 in Rackham Auditorium as part of the university’s 31st annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium. The purpose of the event is to gather and unite people for the purpose of building the social justice movement, calling for more activism and defining what that means for the 21st century. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m.

“I am a historian by training. I will be trying to give where we are in 2017 some historical context,” he says of his U-M talk. “We have made a lot of assumptions about 2017 and about our future as a nation that I think have been proven false.shaunking1