2520 Flora St.
As in past years on the MLK National Holiday, the 2019 MLK Symposium will emphasize the continuing impact of Dr. King’s legacy on civil rights in America. In 2019 the theme will be “The Pursuit of Racial Justice in 21st Century America,” with a focus on the stubborn persistence of racial ideas in the U.S. and the way those ideas impact so many aspects of our culture, from common prejudice among citizens to police brutality and mass incarceration. As always, the program will be multi-faceted, with a keynote address by Prof. James Forman, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Locking Up Our Own, a following panel discussion featuring local leaders and citizens, and a musical and/or dramatic component. The motivation behind this long-running event is that memorial services and parades honoring Dr. King should be accompanied by a substantive exposure to his central ideas, which continue to influence our culture in profound ways.