Riverhead native joins MSNBC show on 50th anniversary of “I Have a Dream” speech

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, 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.