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UW Black Studies Center to Examine Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Book

September 26, 2022

The University of Wyoming’s Black Studies Center will host a book examination in October that focuses on Martin Luther King Jr.’s final book.

The three-session event centers on “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” that was first published in November 1966. The three sessions are scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 12, at noon; and Wednesday, Oct. 19, at noon. Sessions will take place in person in Room 115 of Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center or virtually via Zoom at https://uwyo.zoom.us/j/93703348873.

“This event represents a continuum of the UW Black Studies Center’s tradition of examining historical figures in public forums from a comprehensive and contemporary lens, which widens the traditional  offerings on campus,” says Fredrick Douglass Dixon, UW Black Studies Center director. “We invite students and others to the weekly in-person lunch-and-learn sessions.”

Dixon is one of the presenters, along with M. Keith Claybrook Jr., an associate professor of Africana studies at California State University-Long Beach, and Christina Rivers, an associate professor of political science at DePaul University.

The program is part of the UW Black Studies Center’s Let Freedom Ring Lecture Series.

“Highlighting King’s evolution is the cornerstone of this endeavor, and linking this phenomenon to craft courageous conversations in safe spaces about America’s current social atmosphere is the examination’s fundamental focus,” Dixon says.

In 1967, King said: “There is not even a common language when the term ‘equality’ is used. Negros and whites have a fundamentally different definition.”

“King’s thoughts reveal the need to create campus conversations that explore the growing demand for differing and diverse opinions to engage in conscious building dialogue,” Dixon says.

External entities sponsoring the series include the University of Washington’s WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) Medical Education Program; Morgan State University’s Institute for Urban Research; Chicago’s Kennedy-King College; and the Wyoming Interfaith Network. UW campus organizations include the Advising, Career and Exploratory Studies Center; the Learning Resource Network; the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; the Wyoming WWAMI Medical Education Program; the Office of Multicultural Affairs; and SOAR.

“With this assortment of partners, this book examination promises to set the pace for how a Black studies center in a rural area adds to the tapestry of higher education in meaningful and verifiable ways,” Dixon says.

For more information about the program, email Dixon at fdixon@uwyo.edu.

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