New Display in EGSL: Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Ethnic and Gender Studies Library (EGSL) on the second floor of Davidson Library is currently showing a display about Martin Luther King, Jr. entitled "Remembering."

On April 4, 1968, shock waves reverberated around the world with the news that U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. had been assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. A Baptist minister and founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, King used nonviolent tactics -- such as sit-ins, boycotts, and protest marches -- to fight segregation and gain civil and voting rights advances for African Americans. His assassination sparked an outpouring of grief and anger among black Americans, as well as a period of national mourning that helped speed the way for an equal housing bill, the last significant legislative achievement of the civil rights era. This year marks the 45th anniversary of King's assassination.

On Tuesday, April 16th, 2013, there will be nationwide readings of King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” to mark the 50th anniversary of this famous correspondence. King wrote the open letter in response to a statement made on April 12, 1963, by eight white Alabama clergymen ("A Call for Unity") criticizing King for being an outside agitator, extremist, and impatient. King's letter argued for “why we can’t wait.”

The display features books from the EGSL collection, historic photographs and newspaper clippings, and an article by contemporary activist, writer and public speaker, Kevin Powell, on the progress we've made toward King’s ideals.

Letter from Birmingham Jail

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