Congratulations to our ASAHL members, Professor VP Franklin and Professor Bettye Collier-Thomas, who presented at the British Academy Conference, Martin Luther King: Life, Loss, Legacy.
On the 50th anniversary of his assassination, this conference will consider the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Following a keynote address by author and playwright Bonnie Greer, three panel sessions will feature papers by Professor V. P. Franklin on King and the Black Power Movement, Professor Aldon Morris on the influence of W.E.B. Du Bois on King and the Civil Rights Movement, Professor Bettye Collier-Thomas on the vital role of women in the Movement, Professor Iwan Morgan on how civil rights were dealt with by presidents from FDR to Trump, Professor Peter Ling on King’s relationship with the student movement, and Kunle Olulode on depictions of King in film. Other papers will survey the international context of the Civil Rights Movement and examine King’s position on the Vietnam War. Several speakers will grapple with the most troubling question of the day. Why was Martin Luther King killed? The fifth and final session of the conference will be a roundtable discussion that addresses two questions. To what extent has King’s dream become reality? What needs to be done to fully realize his dream? Around 6:40pm the conference will be joined via video link from Memphis by Taylor Branch. After a minute’s silence at 7:05pm, a wine reception will follow.