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From MLK to Black Lives Matter: 50 Years of Struggle Keynote with Patrisse Cullors

Thursday, September 20, 2018,

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  • Location: Langford Auditorium TN

From MLK to Black Lives Matter: 50 Years of Struggle Keynote with Patrisse Cullors

September 20, 2018


Langford Auditorium

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.

The Keynote Address by Patrisse Cullors, one of the founders of the Movement for Black Lives at Langford Auditorium, follows a 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.).