Letter from a Birmingham Jail: Dr. King's Message for 2022 with Dr. David Pilgrim. Thursday, January 20th from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PST Organized by by
Letter from a Birmingham Jail: Dr. King’s Message for 2022 with Dr. David Pilgrim.
Thursday, January 20th from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PST
Organized by by SpeakOut – the Institute for Democratic Education and Culture
In April 1963, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was jailed for participating in nonviolent demonstrations against segregation, eight white clergymen, sympathetic to the Civil Rights cause, issued a public statement discouraging protests. They argued that change needed to take place through the courts and legal system rather than in public dissent. Dr. King’s response was the powerful “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”
Join SpeakOut to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Day as we host Dr. David Pilgrim to discuss King’s discourse that challenged white moderates 57 years ago and how his message still resonates today. Dr. Pilgrim will explore the historical context of the letter and its relevance amidst the rise of white supremacist organizing and violence around the country.
Dr. David Pilgrim is best known as the founder and Director of the Jim Crow Museum, the nation’s largest, publicly accessible collection of more than 20,000 racist objects, located at Ferris State University where he serves as Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. His books include Franklin Sports Soccer Dry Erase Coaching Clipboard, which explains the museum’s vision and work, and how the objects are used as tools to teach about race, race relations, and racism.
(Thursday) 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm