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MLK Reading Series

Join MCSP, CSP, & LSWA for this three-part discussion series.
Thursday, February 25, 2021
5:00-6:00 PM
Off Campus Location
Join MCSP, CSP, and LSWA for a series of conversations addressing the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at this crucial turning point in the history of racism in America. More than fifty years ago, King made a call for a poor people’s campaign to take up arms against the evils of racism, poverty, and militarism. Yet, King’s expanding and increasingly radical vision for his work is often forgotten, co-opted by voices that distort his emphasis on love, compassion, and nonviolence to serve the status quo. Anti-racist activists who’ve followed King have had to grapple with how to interpret and respond to his legacy. One of them, the Rev. William Barber relaunched the Poor People’s Campaign in 2018, adding to King’s list of evils “environmental degradation” and calling for a multiracial coalition of poor people to challenge America’s exploitation of its people and the land. This three-part reading group will trace King’s varied legacy from his last published book to the present day and consider how those of us working for social justice can understand and build on his legacy.

Jan. 13, 5 p.m. King, “The World House,” from Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?

Any questions, or for the reading materials, email LSWA@umich.edu.

Future dates:
Feb. 25, 5 p.m. “MLK Now” by Brandon Terry and responses
Mar. 25, 5 p.m. William Barber, “Pastoral Letter to the Nation” and Marc Lamont Hill, “Language of the Unheard” and “Toward an Abolitionist Vision”
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Discussion, History, Lswa
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Lloyd Scholars for Writing and the Arts, Michigan Community Scholars Program, Comprehensive Studies Program
Upcoming Dates:
Thursday, February 25, 2021 5:00-6:00 PM