The 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr., Symposium
TO HONOR Dr. King’s Achievement and Legacy
TO EXTEND the Conversation on Civil Rights
TO PROMOTE Change and Progress In Our City
Monday, January 16, 7-8:45 pm, at the City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District.
Nearly fifty years after his assassination in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. continues to exert a powerful influence on the way we think and act in matters of civil rights in America. For more than ten years the MLK Symposium has convened a rich variety of voices from “old lions” of the Civil Rights era who stood alongside Dr. King, to contemporary figures who have found new ways of championing the ideal of true equality. In 2017 the Symposium will focus on “Race and Justice in America Today” arguably our most pressing civil rights issue.
…about critical turning points in our history and who made them happen.
…to uphold the ideals forged from the vision and sacrifice of our civil rights heroes.
…a future where our twin aspirations of liberty and equality are freely available to all.
About the Martin Luther King, Jr., Symposium
Nearly fifty years after his assassination in 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr., continues to exert a powerful influence on the way we think and act in matters of civil rights in America. His life and legacy have shaped us—and ought to do so still as we aspire to the noble ideal of true equality he championed for all U.S. citizens.
For ten years, the MLK Symposium has brought to Dallas a rich variety of voices offering insight and direction for the future, from “old lions” of the Civil Rights era working alongside Dr. King to contemporary figures who continue to pursue his “Dream.” In 2016, the Symposium will extend beyond last year’s focus on the “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and look at what kind of progress has been made in American civil rights from Birmingham in the 1960s to Charleston today.
The 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr., Symposium premiering The 67th Book of the Bible:
An original stage play from Jonathan Norton, directed by Derrick Sanders, and produced by Will Power.
The 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr., Symposium featuring Touré
The 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr., Symposium featuring Ambassador Andrew Young
In 2013, the Dallas Institute’s annual MLK Symposium addressed “The Role of the African American Church in the Civil Rights Movement,” featuring as keynote speaker one of the true heroes of the movement, Ambassador Andrew Young.
The 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr., Symposium featuring Isabel Wilkerson
“The World Dr. King Inherited & Changed” addressed an aspect of Dr. King’s legacy which is in danger of being forgotten: the social and cultural conditions that led to the Civil Rights struggles of the 1950’s and 1960’s.