Citizenship and the African American Experience

The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership's annual Martin Luther King Day lecture provides an indispensable forum for the school to include historical and contemporary conversations about race in American society within the framework of civic discourse that inspires all of our public programs. The Martin Luther King Day lecture seeks to illuminate the challenges we have confronted and continue to face with regard to race in American society, as well as to acknowledge the promise and progress that King perceived in the American political principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. 
This conversation with Angela Dillard, the Richard A. Meisler collegiate professor of Afroamerican & African studies at the University of Michigan, and Peter Myers, professor of political science and U.S. constitutional law, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will make the case that the Civil Rights Movement was marked by an intellectual and ideological diversity that incorporated a wide range of perspectives in debates about the nature of citizenship and the “proper” strategies for civil rights activism. Some of these threads stretch forward to our contemporary context, while others connect us profoundly to American founding principles. 
SCETL Events Team
Jan 22 2020 - 5:00pm
Old Main, Carson Ballroom
Tempe campus