Martin Luther King, Jr. Week: "Martin Luther King and the March on Washington"
Monday, February 3, 2014 at 2:00pm to 3:15pm
Multicultural Center, Hardge Forum 74 Lower College Rd, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA
28th Annual Celebration of URI Martin Luther King, Jr. Week, Feb. 3-8, 2014.
“Living the Legacy: Being an Instrument of Social Change”
Facilitated by Dr. Norm Barber, Adjunct Faculty, Africana Studies, this workshop will be convened in conjunction with AAF202-Introduction to Afro-American Culture. Students and guests for the video and discussion are welcome.
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington in 1963, the video describes the buildup to the peak moment of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States by interspersing rarely seen archival footage with interviews of the diverse surviving organizers and spokespeople of the March. Embracing the long-held strategy conceived by civil rights elder statesman A. Philip Randolph of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the leaders of the other major civil rights groups – the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Urban League, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and the Congress of Racial Equality – saw the opportunity in the March to nationalize the Southern-based consciousness of the Movement. Culminated by Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech before 250,000 people, the March laid the foundation for the passage of the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the Voting Rights Act (1965).
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