The 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr., Symposium

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TO HONOR Dr. King’s Achievement and Legacy TO EXTEND the Conversation on Civil Rights TO PROMOTE Change and Progress In Our City

The Twelfth Annual MLK Symposium: MLK’s Legacy: issues of social justice in the twenty-first century

Featuring keynote presentations from Jelani Cobb and Alicia Garza

Over the past few years, as thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest the continued violence in communities both here in the United States and around the world, we are reminded that the fight for civil rights and equality is far from over. This year, as we honor the legacy of Dr. King, we will once again look ahead to what the future holds for civil rights in America. At this year’s Symposium, keynote speakers Jelani Cobb and Alicia Garza will discuss social justice and equity in the United States of the twenty-first Century, assessing where we are now, and where we go from here.

William Jelani Cobb on Feb. 13, 2013. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)
William Jelani Cobb on Feb. 13, 2013. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Jelani Cobb is Professor of Journalism at Columbia University and a Staff Writer for The New Yorker where he has penned a series of articles about race, the police, and injustice. In addition to his reporting Cobb is the author of several books including The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama & the Paradox of Progress. His forthcoming book is entitled Antidote to Revolution: African American Anticommunism and the Struggle for Civil Rights, 1931–1957.  Cobb was recently the subject of a Frontline documentary, Policing the Police.

Alicia Garza

Alicia Garza is a social activist and co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter. Garza’s work has earned her many honors and her writing has been featured in numerous publications. Currently the Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Garza previously served as Executive Director of People Organized to Win Employment Rights, where she led the charge on significant initiatives, including organizing against the chronic police violence in black neighborhoods. This year’s MLK Symposium is made possible by Baylor, Scott & White Health, the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, the John & Dorothy Castle Foundation, Humanities Texas, Oncor, On-Target Supplies and Logistics, and the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. The media sponsor for the twelfth annual MLK Symposium is The Dallas Morning News.

The Program

After The North Dallas Community Bible Fellowship Men in Worship Ensemble performs under the direction of Mr. Wayne Powe, Jelani Cobb and Alicia Garza will present their keynote speeches on issues of racial justice affecting us today.

After the keynote presentations, Cry Havoc Theater Company will perform.

Then, a panel including The Dallas Morning News Editor Mike Wilson and Mothers Against Police Brutality Co-Founder Collette Flanagan, joined by Cobb and Garza, will be moderated by Vice President for U.S. Trust Byron Sanders.

Note: Tickets will not be sold at the venue.

January 16, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
At the Dallas City Performance Hall in the Arts District (on Flora Street)
General Admission $20, Teachers $10, Students free
Dallas Institute Members receive two free tickets; please log into your account to claim them
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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 over ten years, the Martin Luther King, Jr., 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.”

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