For release: March 20, 2008
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey
The University of Memphis will host a series of events marking the 40th anniversary
of a defining moment in American history – the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. on April 4, 1968.
All events listed are free and open to the public. They include:
March 26 – Belle McWilliams Lecture by Dr. Laurie Green, “Finding the Roots of the Sanitation
Strike: Against the ‘Plantation Mentality' in Memphis, 1940-1968," 7 p.m., Mitchell
Hall auditorium. Green is assistant professor of history at the University of Texas
and author of Battling the ‘Plantation Mentality': Race, Gender and Freedom in Memphis
during the Civil Rights Era.
March 27 –“Neo-liberalizing Race in the Age of Globalization" address by David Theo Goldberg
of the University of California, Irvine, 6 p.m., National Civil Rights Museum.
March 28 – Scholars in Critical Race Conference, Fogelman Executive Conference Center, Room
219. The morning session, beginning at 9 a.m., will be “Jewish Responses to Civil
Rights and Apartheid." There will be presentations by Dr. Anne Reef of the U of M,
Rabbi Micah Greenstein of Temple Israel and Adam Mendelsohn of Brandeis University.
Afternoon sessions will be “Postcolonial Civil Rights and Post-Civil Rights Colonialism,"
1:30 p.m., with presentations by Peter Kuryla of Vanderbilt University and Uli Lenke
of Rochester Institute of Technology; and “Transnational Civil Rights," 3:15 p.m.,
with presentations by Julie Erin Wood of Yale University and Damon Freeman of the
University of Pennsylvania.
April 2 – Untold Chapters of the Memphis Movement, Michael D. Rose Theatre. Forum One, at
10 a.m., will feature historical accounts from the “Memphis State 109," a group of
student activists who protested in 1968 and were jailed in 1969. Forum Two, at 1:30
p.m., will include stories by unsung heroes of the Memphis Civil Rights Movement,
including media, militants and Movement leaders.
April 2 – Lecture by Angela Davis, “Martin Luther King Jr. and Global Civil Rights," 6 p.m.,
Michael D. Rose Theatre. The activist, scholar and author is professor of History
of Consciousness and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Davis was jailed in the early 1970s because of her alleged involvement in the death
of Judge Harold Haley during a Black Panther prison break. Her subsequent trial and
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April 4 – The Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Award will be presented to Velma Lois Jones,
2 p.m., Rose Theatre entertainment lobby. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship
will be awarded to Britnee Gillum.
For more information about these events, call 901-543-5300.