Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture

The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership hosts an annual lecture in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., which 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.

This year, we included the Martin Luther King, Jr. lecture as part of our Citizenship and Civic Leadership in America speaker series, as well, and an episode highlighting the discussion will air on Arizona PBS at a later date. 

2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Annual Address

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Time: 12 to 1 p.m. (Arizona MST)
Location: Zoom (connectivity details provided upon registration)

Please join us for a vital conversation with Thomas Chatterton Williams, the 2021 Annual Martin Luther King Day Lecture speaker for the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership. 

Thomas Chatterton Williams offers a critical reflection on ‘race and identity,’ and the necessity of moving beyond the contemporary conventional wisdom about racial categorization to a time when it is possible to achieve Martin Luther King’s dream of a racially transcendent future. 

Register to attend. 

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Martin Luther King Lecture at Arizona State University

Annual Martin Luther King Day lecture at Arizona State University considers range of perspectives on activism

Scholars discuss intellectual, ideological diversity of civil rights movement at ASU.

Two of the nation’s most respected scholars of race and politics visited Arizona State University’s Tempe campus Wednesday to participate in the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership’s third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day lecture, “Citizenship and the African American Experience.”

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