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Martin Luther King Jr.: Celebrate


14th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 

Date: Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court

The Westport Library, The Westport Country Playhouse, TEAM Westport, The Westport Weston Interfaith Council, and the Westport Weston Interfaith Clergy celebrates the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with performances and a keynote speech with historian, educator, and author, Carol Anderson. The event is free; registration is recommended. 

Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation's Divide, a New York Times Bestseller, Washington Post Notable Book of 2016, and a National Book Critics Circle Award winner. She is also the author of Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955; Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960, and One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy, which was long-listed for the National Book Award and a finalist for the PEN/Galbraith Award in non-fiction.

This event was made possible in part, and is included in, the Westport Library's 2019-20 WestportREADS program, "Our Vote. Our Future," a yearlong series of events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Learn more...

About MLK, Jr.


Martin Luther King, Jr., (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) was born Michael Luther King, Jr., but later had his name changed to Martin. His grandfather began the family's long tenure as pastors of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, serving from 1914 to 1931; his father has served from then until the present, and from 1960 until his death Martin Luther acted as co-pastor. Martin Luther attended segregated public schools in Georgia, graduating from high school at the age of fifteen; he received the B. A. degree in 1948 from Morehouse College, a distinguished Negro institution of Atlanta from which both his father and grandfather had graduated. After three years of theological study at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania where he was elected president of a predominantly white senior class, he was awarded the B.D. in 1951. With a fellowship won at Crozer, he enrolled in graduate studies at Boston University, completing his residence for the doctorate in 1953 and receiving the degree in 1955. Continue Reading...

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