Franchesca Ramsey, a social justice advocate, comedian, video blogger, and host of the MTV news web series Decoded, will be the featured speaker for Dartmouth’s 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. Her first book, Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist, was published in 2018. In a May 10 profile, The New York Times writes that Ramsey “mines her own errors and condenses what she’s learned into a sort of manual on social justice.”
In addition to hosting Decoded, Ramsey is a former writer and contributor to The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Comedy Central. She is the creator of the popular YouTube channels Chescaleigh, a mix of song parodies, impersonations, and socially conscious and topical comedy sketches, and Chescalocs, which focuses on beauty and natural hair styling. She has also written for BET’s BLACK GIRLS ROCK! award show and currently has multiple television projects in development.
Other events during this year’s celebration include the William Jewett Tucker Center multifaith celebration; the 27th annual candlelight vigil; public policy discussions at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy; a film series with Hopkins Center Film; and a performance of The Barber Shop Chronicles at the Hopkins Center for the Arts.
Sponsored by: Institutional Diversity & Equity (ID&E), Ramsey’s talk at the Dartmouth MLK Celebration event on Monday, Jan. 21, will take place at 7 p.m. in Spaulding Auditorium at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. She will meet with students and community members and sign copies of her book at a reception at the Top of the Hop following the event.
In this sharp, funny, and timely collection of personal essays, veteran video blogger and star of MTV's Decoded Franchesca Ramsey explores race, identity, online activism, and the downfall of real communication in the age of social media rants, trolls, and call-out wars.