In the decades following the Civil Rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has been transformed by popular culture into a whitewashed, highly-sanitized public figure, often utilized to reinforce respectabillity politics and silence the Black activism of today. On this day of remembrance, we seek to reaffirm King’s role as a radical activist and echo his call for racial justice in this country.
Mariah Ivey, Poet/Spoken Word artist, will be opening with an inspiring spoken word. She will also act as our host for the event along with BLM of Columbus’ own Tony Hayden.
Brittany King, Organizer/Chairperson of Black Lives Matter of Columbus, will speak briefly on how impactful Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has been within her life and within her activism. She will also speak of how Dr. King’s methods played a role in the construction of the BLM Columbus organization; which use his philosophies as part of its infrastructure, but with a generational nuance.
Aimee Zoeller, Lecturer and Program Coordinator for Sociology and Women’s Studies at IUPUC, will discuss Dr. King’s legacy as a radical activist: his affiliation with the Highlander school, acts of civil disobedience and subsequent arrests, etc.
Christopher Hunt, Ph.D candidate from Indianapolis, will be discussing the ways in which we can reclaim Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, as well as the motivations and methodology of those who have stake in his modern “Santa Claused” identity.
Local members of the AAPA, Pastors Fred King and Mike Harris, will recall their personal accounts of growing up in the realities of racial discrimination and oppression.
Finally, we will meditate on the words of Dr. Martin Luther King himself as we light candles in his honor.
You don’t want to miss this!