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NewsMartin Luther King Scholar Will Discuss King's life and philosophy on January 17

Marlboro, VT—Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life after his milestone 1963 March on Washington has become enshrouded in historical mist. of King’s mystique of his late political life will be explored by William Strickland, associate professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, on Monday, January 17, at 8:00 p.m. in Whittemore Theater at Marlboro College. A screening of “The Promised Land (1967-1968),”an episode of the acclaimed documentary Eyes on the Prize, will precede the discussion at 7:00 p.m.

In “Martin Luther King and the Need for New Engagements in the 21st Century,” Strickland will investigate the ongoing inscrutability of the world of King, Jr. after his momentous “I Have a Dream” speech. Strickland will also consider the possible opinions that reformer and activist hero King would have on present-day injustices.

A long-time activist, Strickland met Martin Luther King, Jr. while involved in the Northern Student Movement, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, and the Mississippi Freedom Party. Strickland was a founding member of the Institute of the Black World, a major intellectual force in the post-civil-rights era. Strickland was the New England Coordinator for the Jesse Jackson Campaign in 1984 and 1988, and was a consultant for Carole Mosely Braun’s successful senate race in Illinois in 1992.

Strickland is the director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Papers at the University of Massachusetts, and a member of the the executive board of the W.E.B. Du Bois foundation. He was also the founding director of the Institute of the Black World in Atlanta. An expert on the Civil Rights Movement, Malcolm X, the 1960’s, social change movements and the freedom movement in the south, he was consulted for several documentaries and films, including the prize-winning “Eyes on the Prize,” “Malcolm X: Make it Plain” and, most recently, the Louis Massiah film “W. E. B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices.” Strickland earned his B.A. from Harvard College and his Ph.D. from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.

This is the opening lecture of Marlboro College’s Spring 2005 Monday Night Lecture Series on “Education and Engagement.” Lectures are funded by the Thomas Thompson Trust and an anonymous donor.

This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information about this event, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644. For cancellation information, please call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151.


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