MLK50 Events

Law Symposium & Luncheon
Monday, April 2, 2018
Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law  |  1 North Front Street

Featured Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr.
82nd Attorney General of the United States (2009-2015); Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

The University of Memphis School of Law MLK50 Symposium is part of a two-day event presented jointly by the University of Memphis School of Law and National Civil Rights Museum.

Learn more about the Symposium - or - Register Online


Poster Sign Library
Monday-Tuesday, February 12-13, 12-2 pm
Monday-Tuesday, March 12-13, 12-2 pm
Monday-Tuesday, April 2-3, 12-2 pm
McWherter Library Rotunda, UofM
UofM Libraries

The protest sign library is inspired by the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike protest signs and the Protest Banner Lending Library in Chicago. This ongoing event (January through April) provides the UofM community an exercise in channeling change through visual representation. From February through April, a protest sign creation station will pop up in McWherter Library's rotunda. Any UofM community member can stop by and make a sign. Books and inspiration will be at the station, as well as other students, faculty and staff to engage in conversation. You can make your sign and submit it to be displayed in McWherter Library's rotunda, or take it with you. Approved signs will be hung in the rotunda of McWherter Library on a rotating basis. Displayed signs will be returned to their owners. If you create a sign in class or on your own time, feel free to bring it in to the Research & Informational Services desk. For more information contact bvvarner@memphis.edu.

MLK50 Film Festival: Within Our Gates Introduced by Dr. Jenkins
Wednesday, February 14, 4-6 pm
McWherter Library, 2nd Floor Commons, UofM
UofM Libraries

 A 1920s silent film by director Oscar Micheaux about an educated black woman with a shocking past who dedicates herself to helping a near bankrupt school for impoverished black youths. Introduction by Dr. Earnestine Jenkins, Department of Art. For more information, contact Kenneth Haggerty at khggerty@memphis.edu or 901.678.4465.

NEDtalks: Social Justice
Wednesday, February 21, 3-4 pm; Thursday, February 22, 3-5 pm
McWherter Library Room 225, UofM
UofM Libraries

NEDtalks is an event for faculty and graduate students to share their recent research in engaging and entertaining 15-minute presentations. In honor of MLK50, NEDtalks will comprise presentations focusing on topics related to social justice. If you are a faculty member or graduate student researching a social justice issue, apply to present at NEDtalks! Apply at the following link by Friday, January 26: bit.ly/nedtalks. For more information, email nedtalksmemphis@gmail.com.

MLK50 Film Festival: Symbol of the Unconquered Introduced by Dr. Jenkins
Wednesday, February 21, 4-6 pm
McWherter Library, 2nd Floor Commons, UofM
UofM Libraries

A 1920s silent film by director Oscar Micheaux where a black heiress must fight the Ku Kulx Klan to save her land, which lies over an oil reserve. Introduction by Dr. Earnestine Jenkins, Department of Art. For more information, contact Kenneth Haggerty at khggerty@memphis.edu or 901.678.4465.

MLK50 Film Festival: Body and Soul Introduced by Dr. Jenkins
Wednesday, February 28, 4-6 pm
McWherter Library, 2nd Floor Commons, UofM
UofM Libraries

A 1920s silent film by director Oscar Micheaux which follows the exploits of an escaped prisoner who poses as a minister. Introduction by Dr. Earnestine Jenkins, Department of Arts. For more information, contact Kenneth Haggerty at khggerty@memphis.edu or 901.678.4465.

MLK50 Film Festival: Working in Protest
Wednesday, March 7, 4-6 pm

McWherter Library, 2nd Floor Commons, UofM
UofM Libraries

This documentary covers 30 years of protest, starting in North Carolina in 1987 and ending in Washington DC in 2017. Following the film, there will be a Q & A with director Michael Galinsky. For more information, contact Kenneth Haggerty at khggerty@memphis.edu or 901.678.4465.

MLK50 Film Festival: The Road to the Promised Land: 40 years after the death of Dr. King
Wednesday, March 14, 4-6 pm
McWherter Library, 2nd Floor Commons, UofM
UofM Libraries

A film by George Tillman telling the story of Memphians who lived the Civil Rights struggle. To be introduced by George Tillman. For more information, contact Kenneth Haggerty at khggerty@memphis.edu or 901.678.4465.

MLK Speech on Display
Tentative Dates: March 19 - April 16
McWherter Library Rotunda, UofM

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. penned the words "we shall overcome," a phrase that became a rallying cry for the civil rights movement, for a 1965 speech in Chicago. That 20-page speech – which includes a page handwritten by King – was purchased by Memphis philanthropist Avron B. Fogelman and will be displayed on the University of Memphis campus next spring to mark the 50th anniversary of the civil rights leader's assassination.

MLK50 Film Festival: I Am A Man: From Memphis, a Lesson in Life Introduced by Dr. Bond
Wednesday, March 21, 4-6 pm
McWherter Library, 2nd Floor Commons, UofM
UofM Libraries

This documentary seeks to heighten awareness of the contributions made by citizens of Memphis whose courage and determination boldly changed history. It is made in Memphis by an all-Memphis team. Introduction by Dr. Beverly Bond, Department of History. For more information, contact Kenneth Haggerty at khggerty@memphis.edu or 901-678-4465.

"Seeing Civil Rights" - Symposium on Public Humanities
Wednesday-Thursday, March 28 - 29
Brooks Museum of Art
College of Arts & Sciences, English

Symposium on Public Humanities, "Seeing Civil Rights" will align with the Brooks Museum's exhibit on the photography of Ernest Withers, a prominent Memphis-based photographer. Withers beautifully captured some of the most iconic images of the Civil Rights movement, especially dealing with the Sanitation Workers Strike, the "I Am a Man" campaign and Dr. King's visits to Memphis. "Seeing Civil Rights" will explore how Withers and his contemporaries imagined photography's dual role as an art form and a tool for political change. In a series of roundtables and a keynote lecture, the symposium will bring together historians, art historians, literary scholars, journalists and civic leaders to contextualize Ernest Withers within the Civil Rights movement and postwar American culture. For more information contact dfhrris1@memphis.edu.
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Rights and Responsibilities - 5th Annual Southern Regional Composition Conference
Friday, March 30, 8:30 am-3:30 pm
University Center, UofM
College of Arts & Sciences, English

5th Annual Southern Regional Composition Conference for teachers of writing - taking MLK Jr.'s legacy as a civil rights leader as the jumping off point for considering the role of writing instruction as an avenue for engaging with civil rights. Keynote speaker, Dr. Victor Villanueva, will present a talk entitled "Memoria is a Friend of Ours: On the Discourse of Color." For more information contact weduffy@memphis.edu.

"At the River I Stand" - Documentary Screening & Moderated Discussion
Saturday, March 31, 2018   |   3-6 pm
Halloran Theater
College of Communication and Fine Arts

"At the River I Stand" reconstructs the two eventful months in Memphis in 1968 leading to the tragic death of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the climax of the Civil Rights Movement. Produced by three University of Memphis faculty members, the film was broadcast nationally by PBS in 1993 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of King's death. Cornell Brooks, former president & CEO of the NAACP, will introduce the award-winning film and moderate the panel discussion. For more information contact bmccoy@memphis.edu.

Student Essay Contest Reception and Reading
Tuesday, April 3, 4-6 pm
McWherter Library Rotunda, UofM
UofM Libraries

Memphis shares a unique history with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In honor of this rich history and the wealth of resources available at the University Libraries’, McWherter Library is hosting an essay contest. We invite interested undergraduate and graduate students to respond to one of the relevant historical photographs in our University Libraries Digital Repository (ULDR). Prize details, essay categories and rules can be found at the link below. The deadlline is Friday, February 24. For more information contact sgaines1@memphis.edu.
Learn more about the contest here >

Call for Student Poster Submissions: 6th Social Work Symposium
Deadline: Friday, April 13, 2018
Department of Social Work

Students are invited to submit posters related to the theme "Celebrating 50 years of Social Work at the University of Memphis: In the Steps of MLK." For more information contact mdlavega@memphis.edu or 901.678.3270.