Meet the Project Team

Principal Investigators

The Principal Investigators have worked to design and develop the Virtual Martin Luther King Project as a pedagogical and scholarly resource at NC State University and beyond.

Victoria J. Gallagher, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, View Website

Keon Pettiway, M.F.A., Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator, View Website

Derek Ham, M. Arch., Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator, View Website

MLK Actors

The vMLK Project has worked with voice actor Marvin Blanks who performed the recreation of the “Creative Protest” speech at White Rock Baptist Church in 2014. Additionally, body actor Matthew Wright helped to develop the Dr. King avatar motions and mannerisms for the virtual experiences.

Marvin Blanks, Voice Actor

Matthew Wright, Body Actor

Research and Pedagogy

A major part of the VMLK project is focused on developing pedagogical materials and resources for educators and students. Currently, the resources have been developed for Public Speaking courses. Additional, courses including Visual Rhetoric, Digital Rhetoric, and Rhetorical Criticism are courses the Pedagogy Team are developing.

Chris Ingraham, Ph.D., Pedagogy, View Website

Elizabeth Nelson, Ph.D., Pedagogy, View Website

Emily Winderman, Ph.D., Pedagogy, View Website

Humanities Advisors

AThe Virtual Martin Luther King Project has collaborated with advisors from a variety of institutions in order to develop a guiding framework for the continued work of the project.

Nishani Frazier, Ph.D., Miami University of Ohio, View Website

Blair Kelley, Ph.D., North carolina State University, View Website

Robert Terrill, Ph.D., Indiana University, View Website


A variety of researchers, community members, and developers have contributed to the progression of the projects many experiences and goals.

White Rock Baptist Church View Website

Jason Jeffries View Website

Courtney Richeson View Website

Matt May, Ph.D., Pedagogy, View Website

Stephen Carradini, Ph.D., Pedagogy, View Website

Matt Horton