MLK Week at the Tandon MakerSpace

Kimberly Dark speaks at MLK event

Kimberly Dark gives a talk about gender, race, and money during MLK week at the Tandon MakerSpace.

The MakerSpace has always been a place where new technology can be prototyped and iterated, but on February 4, during NYU’s MLK Week, it was new modes of thinking and fresh social viewpoints that were being forged.

That evening, the writer, professor, and sociologist Kimberly Dark was on hand to discuss the widening gap between rich and poor in the United States — a gap that is particularly pronounced in communities of color and for women.  

Among the rapt audience members was Leah Lattimore, the Assistant Vice President for Inclusive Global Student Leadership and Engagement and Director of NYU’s Center for Multicultural Education & Programs. “We will not rectify this issue with a single action, we must engage lawmakers and employers as well as begin to have these conversations in public spaces early and often,” she said of Dark’s thought-provoking presentation. “When we name these issues we obligate ourselves to work to change them.”