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Emory Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Week With Virtual Events | Emory University

On April 5, 1957, Martin Luther King Jr., 28, spoke at Dexter Street Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, to encourage the congregation following a successful bus boycott. He spoke about the liberation of the Gold Coast from the British Empire, stressing the importance of looking to history to move forward. One of his most memorable quotes comes from this speech.

King said, “The consequences of nonviolence are the creation of the beloved community. The consequence of non-violence is redemption. The consequence of non-violence is reconciliation.

It is in the spirit of the beloved community that Emory University celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a week of virtual events, including conferences, round tables and church services. These virtual events are open to the entire Emory community and emphasize the importance of building bridges, not barriers.

“King preached a beloved community and this is at the heart of our work on justice, equity, diversity and inclusion,” said Carol Henderson, Emory Director of Diversity, Vice President for diversity and inclusion and one of the co-chairs of King Week. “If our mission is to create, preserve, teach and apply knowledge in the service of humanity, King has focused on the health and well-being of humanity. To make this happen, King also preached on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation. The celebration of King Week focuses on this truth.

The virtual programs will run from January 15 to 22, with most events on January 18.

The Department of African American Studies will host its annual speech January 18 at 4 p.m. This year, Bobby Seale, founding president of the Black Panther Party, will address the participants. King’s philosophy of non-violence and the Black Panther Party’s “whatever means necessary” mantra have been opposed throughout history, but Seale’s speech will connect the dots between the two.

“We chose Bobby Seale because we believe his iconic and vibrant legacy of community activism for social change can help us understand Martin Luther King’s continued struggle for political inclusion alongside his evolving commitment to advocacy for social change. economic justice, “said Jessica Lynn Stewart, assistant professor in the Department of African American Studies. “As someone who has studied the political economy of Black Power ideology in my own work, having the opportunity to moderate a conversation with the co-founder of the Black Panther Party is sure to be a highlight of my career. career.”

Also on January 18, the Faculty of Law will organize a virtual round table and a screening of the documentary film “Ali’s return: the untold story ” at 19 ‘o clock. The film focuses on Muhammad Ali’s first boxing match three years after he was banned from sports for speaking out against the Vietnam War.

Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion featuring the film’s director, Art Jones, as well as Muhammad Ali’s widow, Khalilah Ali; Sam Massell, former mayor of Atlanta; former Atlanta Mayor and UN Ambassador Andrew Young; Robert Kassel, a graduate of Emory College and Emory Law who helped Ali return to boxing; Michael Julian Bond, member of Atlanta City Council; Bunnie Jackson-Ransom, President and CEO of firstClass Inc .; and others. Emory Law Professor Robert Parrish will moderate the discussion. Those who register for the discussion will receive a code to watch the film in advance.

At 7:30 p.m. that evening, as part of the Oxford Campus Celebration, Reverend Kim Jackson will be the guest speaker. Jackson graduated from the Candler School of Theology in 2009 and is currently the vicar of the Common Ground Episcopal Church, a ministry that serves homeless people in downtown Atlanta. She is also the Georgia State Senator for District 41.

King Week events will also continue into February, which is Black History Month. On Tuesday, February 22, Darren Hutchinson, professor of law and first chair of the John Lewis Emory Chair in Civil Rights and Social Justice, will deliver the Emory Law Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2022 lecture. Civil Rights and Justice social work are at the heart of Hutchinson’s research, teaching, administrative work and community engagement. Hutchinson’s talk, “Anti-Anti-Racism: Fight Backlash, Build Justice” is scheduled for 5:00 PM and is currently scheduled to be both virtual and in-person in the Tull Auditorium.

King’s week schedule

8 a.m. to 12 p.m .: Volunteer Judging of the Middle and High School Debating Tournament, Atlanta Urban Debate League

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11:00 a.m .: King’s Sunday worship service with Professor Walter Fluker

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4 pm: Keynote speech by Bobby Seale: “Fighting for Civil and Economic Justice: A Conversation with the Founding Chairman of the Black Panther Party”

6:00 p.m .: King Week Dialogue: “What’s your plan for your life?”

7 p.m .: Screening and round table: “Ali’s Comeback: The Untold Story”

7:30 p.m .: Celebration at Oxford College with Reverend Kim Jackson 09T

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4-5:30 p.m .: MLK Community Service Awards Ceremony with Professor Andra Gillespie, Director of the James Weldon Johnson Emory Institute for the Study of Race and Difference

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5:00 pm: MLK Jr. Day Annual Law School Lecture – “Anti-Racism: Fight Backlash, Build Justice” with Professor Darren Hutchinson. Online and in person at the Tull Auditorium.

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With these and other events, organizers hope King’s legacy inspires the campus community to find its place in the effort toward fairness and justice. In that same speech at Dexter Street Baptist Church, King pointed out that “Freedom never comes on a silver platter … It never comes with ease.” It only comes through hardness and persistence of life.

Emory has a long history of student activism, and following the global racial justice protests of 2020, the celebration of King Week is meant to encourage everyone to keep going, as King did for the people of Montgomery ago. 65 years.

“It is exciting that Dr. King was a student in the city of Atlanta and had a vision for a profound change that was to take place in society,” said Greg McGonigle, University Chaplain, Dean of the spiritual and religious life and one of the members of the King. Coordinating co-chairs for the week. “Everyone knows that the work of justice is difficult and long term. How do people support each other in the continuous work of change? I hope this is a week that inspires our students to find their place there, as Dr. King did.