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Odyssey Lecture Series: Martin Luther King, Jr. & the Civil Rights Movement--Fifty Years On
Start Date: 2/19/2018Start Time: 6:45 PM
End Date: 2/19/2018End Time: 8:15 PM
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Event Description:
Multi-speaker lecture series (6 sessions beginning Feb. 19)

Pete Kakel, Ph.D., Program Coordinator.
On the evening of 4 April, 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - America's most influential civil rights leader - was shot and killed on the balcony outside his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee (where he had traveled to support the local Memphis sanitation workers' strike). Fifty years on from his assassination, Dr. King remains - in both the public consciousness and memory - the talismanic leader and a martyred hero of the modern civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. As the civil rights movement passes from living memory into history, there remains a strong (and ongoing) public and media interest in King and the movement. King's legacy has been understood differently by both contemporaries and historians. To the Rev. Hosea Williams, one of his chief lieutenants, Dr. King was "the militant of the [twentieth] century." To King biographer Taylor Branch, MLK was a "new [American] founding father." And to journalist and historian Jon Meacham, he was an "architect of the 21st century." This series of lectures explores Dr. King and his role in the movement - as part of a much longer (and still ongoing) struggle for African American freedom and equality. Approaching King from a variety of differing perspectives, it seeks to give participants a broader and deeper understanding of Dr. King's local and national leadership in the civil rights movement and a sense of his continuing relevance for the 21st century.

910.801.01 Homewood Campus
$138 (9 hours) 6 sessions
Mon., Feb. 19-Mar. 26, 6:45-8:15 p.m.
To register, call 410-516-8516. For a full course description, see
Contact Information:
Name: Bada Hebron
Phone: 410-516-8516
Admission Information:
Registration is open to the general public. Full time JHU Faculty/Staff and spouses may receive tuition remission benefits. Call 410-516-8516 for more information.

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