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We thank the Departments of Anthropology, Art, English, History, Journalism and Strategic Media, Political Science, and Sociology for their generous support of this event. Please see the events they've planned to commemorate the legacy of Dr. King.


Norm Brewer First Amendment Lecture 
Tuesday, March 13, 7pm
300 University Center, River Room, UofM
Lecture by former Washington Post  journalist Dorothy Gilliam, the first African American woman reporter for the Post.

Political Science

To Shape a New World
Tuesday, April 3, 4pm
300 University Center, River Room, UofM
Professors Tommie Shelby and Brandon Terry, both from the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University, will talk about their new book To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The book represents a critical engagement with King's understudied writings on labor and welfare rights, voting rights, racism, civil disobedience, nonviolence, economic inequality, poverty, love, just-war theory, virtue ethics, political theology, imperialism, nationalism, reparations, and social justice. In King's work, the authors find an array of compelling challenges to some of the most pressing political dilemmas of our present, and rethink the legacy of this towering figure.


The George A. Riley Symposium of Public Humanities 
Wednesday-Thursday, March 28 -29
Brooks Museum of Art
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 round tables 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. 

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