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Killing King Again: Race, Power, and the Cost of Unfulfilled Dreams

January 13, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


In the aftermath of the January 6, 2021 violence at the U.S. Capitol, not a single commentator referred to Dr. Martin Luther King’s call to nonviolence. How could this happen, less than two weeks from the national holiday that bears King’s name? Does it reveal our national determination to ignore – and thereby, once again, kill – Dr. King’s legacy?

In observance of the Martin Luther King holiday, you are invited to hear Dr. Charles W. McKinney, Jr., the Neville Frierson Bryan Chair of Africana Studies and an associate professor of history at Rhodes College in Memphis, for an in-person lecture titled “Killing King Again: Race, Power, and the Cost of Unfulfilled Dreams.”

Dr. McKinney is a scholar in the civil rights/Black power era, African American activism, and African American politics. He holds a doctoral degree from Duke University, and is the author of Greater Freedom: The Evolution of the Civil Rights Struggle in Wilson, North Carolina. A second book, Rights and Lives: An Exploration of the Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter Movements, is under contract at Vanderbilt University Press.

This program is jointly sponsored by the University of Florida African American Studies program, the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, and the Office of Black Student Engagement within the UF Center for Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement.

This is an in-person event at the Pugh Hall Ocora. Free parking will be provided at the Murphree Hall parking lot on University Avenue, directly across from St. Augustine church.

For those unable to attend in-person, you may watch the presentation at this livestream link.


January 13, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Pugh Hall (PUGH)
296 Buckman Dr
Gainesville, FL 32611 United States
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