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RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Rashad Robinson, executive director of ColorofChange.org, speaks at Monday's Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Rashad Robinson, executive director of ColorofChange.org, speaks at Monday’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast.

When Riverhead native and civil rights advocate Rashad Robinson took to the podium Monday at the 29th annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency Wind-Watch Hotel in Hauppauge to deliver his keynote address, he didn’t mince words about his views on the current state of race relations in the United States. (more…)

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FILE PHOTO | Riverhead native Rashad Robinson spoke in August on the MSNBC show “Disrupt with Karen Finney.” He will be the keynote speaker Monday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast.

Rashad Robinson, a Riverhead native who’s become one of the leading voices for civil rights as the executive director of ColorofChange.org, will deliver the keynote address Monday at the 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast.

The event is sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Riverhead and begins at 8 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Wind Watch Hotel in Hauppauge.

Mr. Robinson, a ’97 Riverhead graduate, joined Color of Change, an online organization with an estimated 900,000 members that advocates on behalf of African-Americans, in 2011.

Mr. Robinson has written for numerous media publications and most recently wrote about net neutrality, which requires Internet providers to provide equal service to customers, as opposed to charging more to customers who may use more data. The current rules were overturned this week after a Verizon lawsuit was brought against the Federal Communications Commission.

Mr. Robinson will also be featured in an upcoming Ebony Magazine article called “Next in 2014.”

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BARBARELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Riverhead native Rashad Robinson spoke on a panel this afternoon during the MSNBC show “Disrupt with Karen Finney.”

Rashad Robinson, a Riverhead native who is now the executive director of ColorofChange.org, joined a panel on the MSNBC show “Disrupt with Karen Finney” this afternoon on an historic day in Washington.

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Washington today to mark the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The March on Washington that culminated with Dr. King’s speech occurred Aug. 28, 1963.

Mr. Robinson, a ’97 Riverhead graduate, joined Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) and UltraViolet co-founder Shaunna Thomas for a brief on-air discussion.

Mr. Robinson joined Color of Change, an online organization with an estimated 900,000 members that advocates on behalf of African-Americans, in 2011.

He was asked on the show about how technology has given people of color a voice.

“We like to turn moments into movements,” Mr. Robinson said. “We’re giving people real-time opportunities to make a difference.”

The News-Review caught up with Mr. Robinson in December 2011 to talk about his experiences with Color of Change.