MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. delivered his powerful “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963. Just over fifty yearslater, the speech endures as a defining moment in the civil rights movement and continues to be heralded as a beacon in the ongoing struggle for racial equality. Discussing his new book The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream, author and journalist Gary Younge examines the spirit of that historic day in Washington, the misappropriation of King’s legacy since, and offers a critical analysis of why “I Have a Dream” remains America’s favorite speech.
Younge will joined by Dr. Eric Tang, professor in African and African Diaspora Studies Department and director of DDCE’s Social Justice Institute.
Younge is a feature writer for The Guardian and a columnist for The Nation. In his visit to the Joynes Reading Room, Younge will discuss his most recent book, The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King’s Dream. This gripping book is rooted in new and important interviews with Clarence Jones, a close friend of and draft speechwriter for Martin Luther King Jr., and Joan Baez, a singer at the march, as well as Angela Davis and other leading civil rights leaders. Younge’s other writings include: No Place Like Home: A Black Briton’s Journey Through the American South (1999); Stranger in a Strange Land: Encounters in the Disunited States (2006) and Who Are We – And Should It Matter in the 21st Century?
This event is free and open to the public.
UT event sponsors: Plan II; School of Journalism; Warfield Center for African and African American Studies