Session on Jan 20, 2020 changed to 10:00 AM – The Library is closed for MLK Day but ring the bell and we will let you in. Registration fee waived. Questions ? – Call Judy McGeorge at (207) 610-2631. Readings in Syllabus/Reading section below.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. : In His Own Words
It has been just over 50 years since the assassination of theologian and civil rights movement leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on April 4, 1968, at the age of 39. This colloquy will introduce participants to Dr. King’s philosophy and discuss his enduring legacy in a close reading of his written words.
The colloquy will focus on the original writings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We will draw primarily from the collected works found in A Testament of Hope edited by James M. Washington (1986) and The Radical King edited by Cornel West (2015). In each of the four sessions participants will read and discuss selected writings organized chronologically. We will reflect on the evolution of Dr. King’s philosophy. While examining the content and artistry of his words, we will also discuss his legacy within the context of the current American political environment.
Bill Case lives in Blue Hill, Maine and recently retired from teaching history at George Stevens Academy.
Judy McGeorge lives in Ellsworth and likes to read great books with others using the seminar style of discussion found at St John’s College in Annapolis, MD.
Session 1 – January 13, 2020
Our Struggle (1956 – Washington p. 75)
Pilgrimage to Nonviolence – (1958 – Stride Toward Freedom; West – Ch 3 p. 39)
Honoring Dr. DuBois – (date ? – published 1970 – West Ch 11 p. 113)
Love, Law and Civil Disobedience (1961- Washington p. 43)
Session 2 – January 20, 2020
I Have a Dream (1963 Washington p. 217)
Letter from Birmingham Jail (April 16 1963 – West Ch 12 p. 127)
Martin Luther King’s Acceptance Speech, on the occasion of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, December 10, 1964 (Washington p 224).
Session 3 – January 27, 2020
Civil Right No 1: The Right to Vote (1965) Washington p. 182
Where Do We Go From Here ? (1967 Washington p. 245)
Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence (1967 – West Ch 18 p. 201)
Session 4 – February 3, 2020
Nonviolence and Social Change (1967 Massey Lectures – West Ch 13 p. 147)
The Drum Major Instinct – (1968 – West Ch 22 p. 253)
I’ve Been to the Mountaintop – (1968 – April 3, 1968 – West Ch 23 p. 265)
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