Colloquy Downeast Blue Hill Maine

Colloquy Downeast

Spirited Conversations in Great Company

FacilitatorJudy McGeorge and Bill Case
Date & TimeMondays, January 13, 20, 27 February 3
2:00 – 4:00 pm
LocationHoward Room, Blue Hill Public Library
Available Spaces14

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.


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Session 1

Video – A Time For Justice

Our Struggle (1956 – Washington p. 75)

Pilgrimage to Nonviolence – (1958 – Stride Toward Freedom; West – Ch 3)

Honoring Dr. DuBois – (date ? published 1970 – West p 113)

Love, Law and Civil Disobedience (1961- Washington p 43)


Session 2

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

Session 3

Civil Right No 1: The Right to Vote (1965) Washington p182

Where Do We Go From Here ? (1967 Washington P 245)

Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence (April 4, 1967 – Riverside Church)

Session 4

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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