On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who is regarded as the most iconic personality of Civil Rights Movement of the United States, the Yale University has launched a series of online events in an attempt to explore the life and legacy of the king and his impact in today’s scenario. The event started on 14th January, just 1 day before his birth anniversary where local environmental and social justice leaders discussed on the King’s legacy as a part of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History’s annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration. The events will include storytelling, music, dance, talks, poetry, and online exhibition and will end on 27January with a broad discussion on King’s historic “I have a Dream’ speech. The discussion panel which include Patrisse Cullors, co founder of Black Lives Matter, and Yamiche Alcindor, Correspondent of PBS NewsHour’s White House, will discuss the relevancy of the said speech in today’s world.
There will be series of free online events to commemorate the King’s legacy
The opening event at the Yale museum will be continued with a series of online events such as poetry jam, dance performances, examination of King’s legacy and role of Black Librarians in combating social injustice. The events will be streamed free across various digital platforms such as Zoom and the Facebook page of the Yale Museum. On the Museum’s website, one can get the full listing of the events. After this museum event, there will be an annual exhibition at Sterling Memorial Library commemorating King’s visits at the Yale in 1959 and 1964. The exhibition will include reproduction of records from former Yale President Kingman Brewster. This exhibition too would be available online. The show will culminate with a discussion on “The Work Ahead, The Work Within: Reflecting on King’s Dream in 2021”. The discussion panel includes Political Strategist Cullors and Alcindor.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. become an iconic figure of the Civil Rights Movements
Born on 15 January 1929 as Michael King Jr. he earned the name of Martin Luther King Sr. (who was an early civil right activist) after he became an iconic figure of civil right movements in the US. King is known for his non-violence policy. He took inspiration by the non-violent activism of Mahatma Gandhi against the British Empire in India. In 1964, he won the Nobel Peace Prize for carrying out the non violent protest against racial inequality. The King was assassinated in 1968, when he was planning a national occupation of the Capital, Washington. After his death, he was honoured with Presidential Medal of Freedom.