Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute 2019

Wayne State University's annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute took place Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. The Tribute brought together the metro Detroit community to celebrate and honor the life and legacy of Dr. King. This year's featured guest was Jemele Hill.

See pictures from this event HERE!


Featured Guest

Emmy Award winning journalist, Jemele Hill is a chief correspondent and senior columnist for The Undefeated, ESPN's content initiative exploring the intersections of sports, race and culture.  Hill joined The Undefeated in January 2018 and writes, conducts newsmaker interviews, offers commentary and creates a variety of content for The Undefeated's digital, television and audio platforms. She also hosts events and other important initiatives, including The Undefeated town hall and television specials.

Hill regularly appears on various ESPN platforms and programs to offer her perspective and commentary.

Prior to joining The Undefeated, Hill co-anchored SportsCenter for a year with her longtime friend and colleague Michael Smith. SC6 with Michael & Jemele debuted in February 2017 as a more personality driven approach to the traditional 6 p.m. SportsCenter. Focusing on sports, music, movies and more, SC6 was born from Hill and Smith's popular His & Hers podcast and weekday television show, which debuted on ESPN2 in 2014.

In August 2018, the National Association of Black Journalists awarded Hill with Journalist of the Year Award. In July 2016, Hill participated in The President and the People: A National Conversation – a one-hour town hall with President Barack Obama on race relations, justice, policing and equality.

Before joining ESPN, Hill was a sports columnist for the Orlando Sentinel from 2005–06 – the lone African-American female sports columnist in the country.

A native of Detroit, Hill is a Michigan State Alum.



For more information on how to support the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute,
contact Government and Community Affairs at (313) 577-5284.