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From MLK to BLM: 50 Years of Struggle Symposium

Thursday, September 20, 2018,

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  • Location: Vanderbilt University Law School, Flynn Auditorium • 131 21st Avenue South • Nashville, TN 37203
  • Room: Flynn Auditorium

From MLK to BLM: 50 Years of Struggle Symposium 

September 20, 2018


Flynn Auditorium, Vanderbilt University Law School 

This event is free and open to the public. Register here

April 4, 2018 marked the 50th year since the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther, Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee at the Lorraine Motel. His work in social and racial justice spanned just a little over a decade from the mid-1950s to his death in 1968. In that short period, King called attention to issues plaguing racial minorities. In his effort to achieve racial justice, King engaged several strategies of resistance including the Montgomery Bus Boycott, The March on Washington and the creation of the southern Christian Leadership Conference. All of these non-violent direct-action efforts were designed to confront and dismantle the very same racial injustices we are currently experiencing. Consequently, the meteoric rise of #Black Lives Matter after the acquittal of his white perpetrator, the murder of the 17-year-old black youth, Trayvon Martin, serves as a stark reminder of the insidious nature of justice in America for racial minorities.

Join us for day-long symposium hosted by The Deans of four Vanderbilt University Schools: Divinity (Emilie M. Townes), Law (Chris Guthrie), Peabody (Camilla Benbow), and the Graduate School (Mark Wallace), along with the Office of Inclusive Excellence (Melissa Thomas-Hunt), and the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (James E. Page Jr.). See below for symposium schedule. 

8:00-9:00am   Registration

9:15-10:15am Vanderbilt Divinity School Panel 

  • Anthea Butler, University of Pennsylvania
  • Eddie Glaude, Princeton University
  • Eboni Marshall Turman, Yale University
  • Vicki Crawford, Morehouse College

10:30-11:30am Vanderbilt Law School Panel

  • Sameer Ashar, UCLA School of Law
  • Rocío Alejandra Avila, National Domestic Workers Alliance 
  • Llezlie Green Coleman, American University Washington College of Law
  • J.J. Rosenbaum, Global Labor Justice

Noon-1:30pm Lunch Keynote and Book Signing with Menah Pratt-Clarke

1:45-2:45pm  Vanderbilt Peabody College Panel

  • Ebony McGee, Vanderbilt Peabody College
  • Donna Ford, Vanderbilt Peabody College
  • Nicole Joseph, Vanderbilt Peabody College
  • Nic Stone, Author of Dear Martin

3:00-4:00pm Vanderbilt Graduate School Panel 

  • Gilman Whiting, Vanderbilt University
  • Frank Dobson, Vanderbilt University
  • Camille Burge, Villanova University 

The symposium concludes with a Keynote Address by Patrisse Cullors, on September 20, 2018 at 7:30pm in Langford Auditorium.